Sarah Paulson made TV awards history Sunday night at the SAG Awards by taking home yet another award for playing Marcia Clark.
Paulson won every major television award over the past year for her performance as Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Her victory at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last night completed the sweep that includes the Emmys, the Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice Awards and the Television Critics Association Awards.
As such, Paulson is now the only actor to sweep every major TV award over the course of a single awards cycle. Actors have won all five awards in the past, such as Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Claire Danes for Homeland, Tina Fey for 30 Rock and Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife, but none have done so over the course of just one year.
This is a relatively newer feat to accomplish, considering the Critics' Choice Awards were established in 2011, but it's still a pretty major record to make. Before the Critics' Choice was established, four actors had won the Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG and TCA in a single awards cycle, as reported by GoldDerby: James Gandolfini for The Sopranos in 2000, Edie Falco for The Sopranos in 2003, Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock in 2007 and Paul Giamatti for John Adams in 2008.
The awards sweep is extra meaningful for Paulson, in particular, considering how few awards she had received prior to this. She won two Critics' Choice Awards for her performances on American Horror Story, but all the other major awards had failed to reward her until now. Paulson racked up four Emmy nominations prior to last year's victory, and was frequently considered the favorite to win for her performances in American Horror Story: Asylum and Freak Show, but this was not to be.
Paulson can next be seen in another Ryan Murphy-produced FX miniseries called Feud, which tells the story of Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford's (Jessica Lange) infamous feud. Paulson will play Geraldine Page.
Feud premieres March 5 on FX.