awards & nominations

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016)

Sarah Paulson as "Marcia Clark"

This limited series brings viewers inside one of the most prolific American court cases of the 20th century -- the O.J. Simpson murder trial -- from the lawyers' viewpoints. Based on the book "The Run of His Life," the 10-episode series details behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering by both the prosecution and defense as they try to convince the jury to side with them in what was dubbed "the trial of the century." Key elements of the trial that are explored involve overconfidence by the prosecution and the LAPD's history with the black community in Los Angeles. The all-star cast includes Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. as the Hall of Fame football player, Oscar nominee John Travolta as Robert Shapiro and Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey.

Emmy (Primetime) (2016)WonOutstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)

Sarah Paulson as "Hypodermic Sally"

While investigating a series of murders in Los Angeles, Detective John Lowe receives an enigmatic tip that points him to Hotel Cortez, a haunted hotel that is run by The Countess. Built in 1930 by psychotic James March, the art-deco building is filled with dead ends, secret rooms and other mazelike obstacles that were intended to hide the architect's murderous activities. As part of the continuing evolution of the show's cast, Grammy winner Lady Gaga joins in the role of The Countess while franchise alumni Evan Peters, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are among the returning stars.

Emmy (Primetime) (2016)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

American Horror Story (2013)

Sarah Paulson as "Cordelia Foxx"

With more than 300 years having passed since the Salem witch trials, the women who managed to escape that time are now facing extinction. They have recently been the victims of an increasing number of attacks that have forced girls to be sent to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Alarmed by the recent events and harboring a secret agenda, long-absent Fiona Goode, the most powerful witch of her generation, comes back into town to help protect the coven and destroy anyone who gets in her way.

Emmy (Primetime) (2014)NominatedOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Sarah Paulson as "Mistress Epps"

In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Game Change (2012)

Sarah Paulson as "Nicolle Wallace"

Gov. Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) of Alaska becomes Sen. John McCain's (Ed Harris) running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

Emmy (Primetime) (2012)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe (2012)NominatedBest Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006)

Sarah Paulson as "Harriet Hayes"

A comedy show about a sketch-comedy show where humor is in very short supply. One of the executive producers had a meltdown on the air, the control room is a mess, and the actors aren't much better off. The show's only hope lies in "wunderkind" writers Danny Tripp and Matt Albie (each with problems of his own), as well as new network entertainment chief Jordan McDeere.

Golden Globe (2007)NominatedBest Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television