66th Emmy Awards Wrap Up
Let's begin with the night's biggest trend: ladies in red. On top we have Octavia Spencer in a Tadashi Shoji dress that accentuates her curves. Stunning in the middle is perennial red carpet stand out, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in Carolina Hererra. She looks glam yet comfortable, an uncommon combination. On the right is Games of Thrones' beautiful Sebel Kekilli. Below are three talented young ladies, beginning with Claire Danes in Givenchy. Danes would be a Best Dressed nominee were it not for that monstrosity around her neck. In the center is (the should have been nominated) Mindy Kaling in a Kenzo dress. Kaling said on social media that this dress was custom made by the designer, and that Kenzo doesn't usually design gowns. Our final lady in red is Mad Men's Christina Hendricks in Marchesa.
Three might not be enough to call it a trend, but these three rising starlets rocked the color block look. In the center is Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer in J. Mendel. She is flanked by Modern Family's Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano and Ariel Winter in Black Halo Eve. This is a slightly sexier and more sophisticated look for Winter, and I think she looks great. She's showing everyone she's growing up...but not too quickly! She's a Best Dressed nominee.
How about those men? Top left we have Ty Burrell, looking dapper. Top right is Aaron Paul (in Prada), also looking good. And in the middle is Matt Bomer, looking perfect in Tom Ford. (Alas, he would not go on to win the Emmy, but he does win my pick for Best Dressed Man.) Below are the handsome men of Game of Thrones. From left: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Salvatore Ferragamo; Peter Dinklage; and Kit Harrington, who slicked back is famous locks.
Blue, green and aquamarine, with varying degrees of success. Orange is the New Black star Laura Prepon goes for bold in Gustavo Cadile. What she gets, instead, is a mermaid look. Also borderline mermaid is Keke Palmer, who appears in this season of Masters of Sex (and who'll soon make her Broadway debut in Cinderella). The skin tight bodice going into the exaggerated bottom isn't my favorite look, but where this Rubin Singer dress really goes off track for me is the plunging neckline. It just looks unfinished, and I keep worrying that the top is going to flop down and we'll have a scandal. Below are two talented ladies in blue. Viola Davis and Edie Falco both look terrific in Escada dresses. Falco could have stepped up the accessories, but otherwise I like the look.
Black and white all over the red carpet. Top left Melissa McCarthy looks great in a black gown. The sparkly belt helps define her waist and the layers of tulle in her skirt are fun and celebratory. Veep's Anna Chlumsky looks sleek and chic in Zac Posen. Funny lady Kate McKinnon goes glam in her black and lace dress. Below we have first-time nominee Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier. Caplan manages to mix the black and white in one dress and she stuns. Bottom center is Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox in Marc Bouwer. She look glamorous and happy to be there. Then we have the timeless Christine Baranski. I think, technically, her dress is midnight blue or a dark slate gray, but she looks statuesque and fabulous.
What's a red carpet without a little sparkle? Amy Poehler looks a little space age-y in her silver get up. Looking flawless is Julianna Margulies in Narciso Rodriguez. I like two-toned look and the strappy back ensured she'd wow from all directions. On the right is first-time nominee Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad. (Schilling was endearing on the red carpet when she struggled to say the designer's name properly. She's not jaded yet - how refreshing.)
As always, we have several good looking couples. Top left are Justin Mikita and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, both in Etro. Top right is Emmy host Seth Meyers (in Valentino), and his beautiful wife, Alexi Ashe, part of the blue, green and aquamarine trend we saw above. Below are two couples who know the red carpet well: Jon Hamm (in Tom Ford) and Jennifer Westfeldt (in Marchesa), and Matthew McConaughey (going two-toned all the way, including his shoes), and his wife, Camila Alves.
A now for something a little different. Ladies and gentleman, patterns plus. Top left and bottom right are the most subdued pattern looks. Anna Gunn goes for an embellished top and simple bottom in her Jenny Packham frock while Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery brings a bit of whimsy with the color accents in her Rosie Assoulin gown. Top right, Julie Bowen goes full pattern in Peter Som. The front cut out keep this from looking like a retired lady's patio dress. And bottom left is the wonderful Sarah Paulson taking a fashion risk in Armani Prive. This is definitely a red carpet dress - it was meant to be seen in this venue. It's a little kooky, but it's also fun and fluffy, and Paulson's affable personality shines through.
And now we come to the part of the red carpet we've all been waiting for. My pick for Worst Dressed should be no surprise to anyone who watched the red carpet. It's Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli. Some might give her credit for taking a risk, but I don't. Lena and her (not so) amazing technicolor [nightmare] dress look ridiculous. While she might have a strong personality, this dress swallows her up and wears her. She appears overwhelmed by the size of the skirt and everything that's going on with her look - from the severe haircut and new color to the awkwardly tiered and overgrown petticoat that serves as the skirt. Not a good look.
For Best Dressed, I choose a woman who was already a winner, Uzo Aduba. In Christian Siriano, Aduba is on-trend with the knock-out red dress, which fits her perfectly, by the way. It's simple and classic, with a train that adds some oomph and ups the glamour quotient. This statement dress lets everyone know a star has arrived. And she looks so happy, flashing that contagious smile. Bravo, Uzo Aduba!
And now, the winner. Herein, a list of most of them. (Visit emmys.com for the full list.) Winners have an asterisks next to their name and are in bold.
- Breaking Bad*
- Downton Abbey
- Game of Thrones
- House of Cards
- Mad Men
- True Detective
- Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
- Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife*
- Claire Danes, Homeland
- Robin Wright, House of Cards
- Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
- Kerry Washington, Scandal
- Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad*
- Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
- Jon Hamm, Mad Men
- Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
- Woody Harrelson, True Detective
- Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
- Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad*
- Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
- Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
- Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
- Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
- Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
- Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad*
- Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
- Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
- Josh Charles, The Good Wife
- Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
- Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
- Margo Martindale, The Americans
- Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
- Kate Mara, House of Cards
- Allison Janney, Masters of Sex*
- Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
- Kate Burton, Scandal
- Paul Giamatti, Downton Abbey
- Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
- Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
- Robert Morse, Mad Men
- Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
- Joe Morton, Scandal*
- Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad, "Ozymandias"*
- Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad, "Felina"
- David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones, "The Children"
- Beau Willimon, House of Cards, "Chapter 14"
- Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective, "The Secret Fate of All of Life"
- Tim Van patten, Boardwalk Empire, "Farewell Daddy Blues"
- Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad, "Felina"
- David Evans, Downton Abbey, "Episode 1"
- Neil Marshall, Game of Thrones, "The Watchers on the Wall"
- Carl Franklin, House of Cards, "Chapter 14"
- Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective, "Who Goes There"*
- The Big Bang Theory
- Modern Family*
- Orange is the New Black
- Silicon Valley
- Lena Dunham, Girls
- Melissa McCarthy, Mike and Molly
- Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
- Taylor Schilling, Orange in the New Black
- Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep*
- Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory*
- Ricky Gervais, Derek
- Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
- Don Cheadle, House of Lies
- Louis C.K., Louie
- William H. Macy, Shameless
- Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
- Julie Bowen, Modern Family
- Allison Janney, Mom*
- Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black
- Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
- Anna Chlumsky, Veep
- Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Adam Driver, Girls
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
- Ty Burrell, Modern Family*
- Fred Armisen, Portlandia
- Tony Hale, Veep
- Natasha Lyonne, Orange is the New Black
- Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black*
- Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black
- Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
- Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
- Joan Cusack, Shameless
- Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
- Nathan Lane, Modern Family
- Steve Buscemi, Portlandia
- Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live*
- Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
- Gary Cole, Veep
- David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes, "Episode 305"
- Louis C.K., Louie, "So Did the Fat Lady"*
- Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan, Orange is the New Black, "I Wasn't Ready (Pilot)"
- Alec Berg, Silicon Valley, "Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency"
- Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Admando Iannucci, Veep, "Special Relationship"
- Iain B. MacDonald, Episodes, "Episdoe 309"
- Paris Barclay, Glee "100"
- Louis C.K., Louie, "Elevator, Part 6"
- Gail Mancuso, Modern Family, "Vegas"*
- Jodie Foster, Orange is the New Black, "Lesbian Request Denied"
- Mike Judge, Silicon Valley, "Minimum Viable Product"
MINISERIES and MOVIES
- American Horror Story: Coven
- Bonnie and Clyde
- The White Queen
- Killing Kennedy
- Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
- The Normal Heart*
- Sherlock: His Last Vow
- The Trip to Bountiful
- Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven*
- Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
- Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
- Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
- Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
- Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
- Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
- Martin Freeman, Fargo
- Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
- Idris Elba, Luther
- Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
- Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow*
- Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
- Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven*
- Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
- Allison Tolman, Fargo
- Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
- Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
- Colin Hanks, Fargo
- Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
- Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
- Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
- Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
- Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow*
- Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, American Horror Story: Coven, "Bitchcraft"
- Noah Hawley, Fargo, "The Crocodile's Dilemma"
- Neil Cross, Luther
- Larry Kramer, The Normal Heart
- Steven Moffat, Sherlock: His Last Vow*
- David Simon and Eric Overmyer, Treme, "...To Miss New Orleans"
- Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, American Horror Story: Coven, "Bitchcraft"
- Adam Bernstein, Fargo, "The Crocodile's Dilemma"
- Colin Bucksey, Fargo, "Buridan's Ass"*
- Stephen Frears, Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
- Ryan Murphy, The Normal Heart
- Nick Hurran, Sherlock: His Last Vow
And there we have it, the winners for the 66th Emmy Awards. It was a great television season, and I'm looking forward to all my stories coming back this fall. (And check out my Emmys Pinterest board for even more photos.)