The verdict is in on Sarah Paulson.

Viewers have found the actress — who has delivered one standout performance after another on the seasonal anthology series American Horror Story and supporting turns in films including 12 Years a Slave and Carol — guilty of creating the most compelling character of all on The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, with her nuanced portrait of prosecutor Marcia Clark. And that’s no small feat on a series in which nearly every actor has been praised to the rafters.

In the series’ sixth installment, appropriately titled “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia,” Paulson takes center stage as the story focuses squarely on the many emotionally challenging and exhausting pressures the assistant D.A. faced as she simultaneously attempted to litigate the most watched and studied murder case in American history: a contentious divorce, the daily demands of single motherhood, a punishing schedule, public scrutiny and commentary on her demeanor and appearance, and a distinct degree of institutionalized sexism among her colleagues in the courtroom. Read more…

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‘American Crime Story’ star Sarah Paulson on Marcia Clark’s most trying hour yet