Tonight's Emmy Awards red carpet was a lesson in color theory: celebrities brought out their best brights (and in some cases, moody hues) and gave us all a bit of inspiration when it comes to party dressing. For those of you who were planning to play it safe and stash your vivid hues away for the Fall months, pay attention: stars like Claire Danes and Julianne Moore proved just how eye-catching a pop of citron can be, while Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara showed us that a lovely seafoam or turquoise can be a welcome change from the season's deeper hues. And if you're wary of making waves in bold brights, you can always look to a classic Fall color like Bordeaux — as demonstrated by Jena Malone's Grecian-inspired J. Mendel gown. We've rounded up the three top color trends we spotted on the red carpet tonight and highlighted the stars that wore them well. Click through to see them now.
The red carpet is filled with stars at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, and the hair and makeup looks are too good to be missed. Lavender ponytails, bright pink lips, ballerina buns — it's all here. Zoom in close on all the stars' stunning hair and makeup styles on TV's biggest night.
Jessica Lange won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for the first season of American Horror Story, but when she stopped by the press room, the chatter was all about season two. Lange talked about how excited she was that show creator Ryan Murphy is changing things up in such a big way, and she gave a hint about just how crazy things are going to get.
On learning that American Horror Story would be totally different in season two: "I was actually excited by the idea, because I felt we had told that story in the first season. To return to it was less interesting to me than starting afresh with a whole new place, time, characters, story, circumstances. I'm actually enjoying it. It's like doing a different film."
On working with Ryan Murphy: "It's very exciting. I never know exactly where he's going with his characters or with his stories. It's always surprising, and 99 percent of the time, it's very rewarding. He's got an amazing imagination and that translates to the writing, which gives me a lot to do. It's a great collaboration."
On the weirdness level of season two: "It's a more complex story. Ryan likes to create these things around themes. Last year, it was infidelity; this year, it's about faith and madness. I think the themes are bigger this year, which allows all of us to go further. My character goes from A to Z in this one."
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul was up against costar Giancarlo Esposito for outstanding supporting actor in a drama, but it was Paul who took the Emmy home. In the Emmy press room, the actor was more than a little surprised that he won over Esposito, but he also expressed his happiness about the honor as well. Paul also talked about the upcoming end of Breaking Bad and how he doesn't want to see it end.
On not thinking he was going to win: "I don't know if you saw my speech — I was out of my head. I truly did not expect this whatsoever, so I didn't prepare anything. I was just shaking and trying not to sob."
On encountering costar Giancarlo Esposito, who he was up against: "I cried in his arms. I said, 'It doesn't make sense to me that I was on that stage and you were not.' I just didn't know what to say to him. What he has done with Gustavo Fring is impeccable. It's so bizarre that I am standing in front of you all right now."
On being a two-time Emmy winner: "That's so bizarre. It's unreal that I am able to do what I've always dreamt to do. I'm so humbled and honored."
On where he'll keep his new Emmy: "I'm going to carry it around with me for a while. I don't know. Maybe next to the other one. It's in the living room."
On whether he'll be disappointed if Breaking Bad gets a happy ending: "I don't think that's what our fans want. It's not going to be a fairy-tale ending. I hope Jesse survives. I think he deserves to survive."
The night didn't end with the Emmys' final award — TV's hottest casts kept the party going with HBO's annual postshow bash, where we were treated to another round of red-carpet style. Joining the fun, we spotted a few surprise appearances, like Chloe Sevigny in a party-appropriate LBD and Entourage alum Emmanuelle Chriqui taking the sexy approach in a slitted, strapless gown. Ashlee Simpson made an entrance in a vintage-feeling, embellished gown along with The Newsroom's sexiest reporter, aka Olivia Munn, solidifying her sultry status in Armani Privé Couture, while Lucy Liu did a Versace change-up, trading her metallic version for the label's powder-blue, rivet-studded strapless. See who else brought their after-hours style to HBO's Emmys afterparty when you click on.
In one of this year's biggest Emmy surprises, Damian Lewis beat previous three-time winner Bryan Cranston in the outstanding lead actor in a drama series category for his role on Homeland. Brit Lewis stopped by the press room and admitted that he also thought Cranston was going to win, joking about how he had been catching up with Breaking Bad. He also had cracks about getting romantic with costar Claire Danes, and why so many people have embraced the freshman series Homeland.
On why Homeland is so appealing: "It succeeds in being a thriller, a thrill ride, a white-knuckle ride. It gets people's pulses' racing. And in this show in particular, it's politically resonant, it's politically current, and I think that grounds it in a reality. I think people are responding to it for that reason."
On beating three-time winner Bryan Cranston: "I've just been getting to know Bryan in the circus that is the preawards merry-go-round. What a sweet, lovely, funny man. I love him already. I was quite convinced that he'd be walking up again tonight because I've also been catching up with Breaking Bad. Mostly out of politeness, I just figure I should know what my competitors have been doing. I meant what I said tonight — I don't really think you should judge art. Of course, I'm delighted to be a winner, but I've been to lots of award ceremonies where five guys get nominated and five guys walk away with a little trophy, and that would really be my preference."
On how he and winning costar Claire Danes are going to celebrate: "We're going to go away to a romantic island together, just for the weekend. When that baby's ginger, you guys are going to have a field day."
On whether shooting Homeland has changed his view of the US: "My view of America hadn't really changed. I have great friends here. I love being here. There is a particular polarization between your political landscape at the moment, and I think there's a problem socially between rich and poor. But hey, guess what, it's that way in my country, too. We're all struggling."
This year's Primetime Emmy Awards have come to a close, but if you missed the broadcast — or if you just want to relive the night again — we're giving you a look at our top five favorite highlights! From Modern Family's hilarious clip to Aaron Paul's sweet shout-out to his fiancée, take a look, then tell us which moment you loved most on stage.
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Homeland and Modern Family were the big winners at this year's Emmys! Jimmy Kimmel hosted the show, opening with a cute monologue that boasted tons of stars like Zooey Deschanel, Mindy Kaling, and Lena Dunham (just to name a few). As the show went on, we were treated to Josh Groban covering One Direction, Breaking Bad getting the old-timey treatment, and Aziz Ansari showing off an impressive British accent.
As for the winners, Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, and Aaron Paul all added their second trophies to their cases, while Damian Lewis was among the first-time winners. One of the biggest shocks of the night was that Mad Men was completely shut out for the first time ever, and Bryan Cranston lost out in the outstanding lead actor in a drama series category for the first time ever. Check out all of the winners when you read more
Modern Family is once again this year's big Emmy winner, taking home the award for outstanding comedy series for the third year in a row. Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet were also repeat winners, a fact that star Sofia Vergara joked about, since she lost to Bowen in their category. Read on to find out how the cast is going to embrace this honor while they can.
Eric Stonestreet, on how the cast will celebrate: "We're going to go out and be with each other and have a good time and celebrate our wonderful jobs and lives, because we know it will eventually not be this way, and you'll hate us all."
Sofia Vergara, on being on the show: "I can't believe I am living this dream here in this country. To be able to have a show like this and work with these people and play this character. Even though Julie keeps winning all my awards, I am still very happy and I will still keep coming."
Steven Levitan, on getting cut off during his Emmy speech: "I tend to be long-winded, so I think I got what I deserved."
Tonight, we celebrated our favorite stars on TV at the Primetime Emmy Awards! The celebrities held nothing back on the red carpet this evening, showing us their best in an array of colorful gowns and daring silhouettes — along with a delectable array of jewels and footwear. From mother-to-be — and Emmy Award winner — Claire Danes's gorgeous citron-hued Lanvin dress to Kerry Washington's dazzling sequined number by Vivienne Westwood, we have all of the looks for you to pore over right here. Just click the slideshow to get started, and tell us which red-carpet gown is your personal favorite.