Official "awards season" is January through March (Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Grammys, Oscars), but every September we get to enjoy one outlier, the Emmys.
The timing of the Emmy Awards is kind of perfect because it aligns with the return of all our favorite fall shows. While we can't really remember the specific performances or episodes being referenced in the clips for the nominees, it does make us excited to dive back into a new season.
This year, the Emmys were broadcast on a FOX. As such, one of FOX's biggest comedy stars, Andy Samberg, hosted. While I laughed hysterically during his opening musical number, the rest of his monologue fell flat. His best line of the night was after Jon Hamm won for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He quipped, "I was pulling for Chandler. I dig that dude." Don't we all, Andy.
The big winners of the night included Olive Kitteridge, Veep and The Daily Show, but my favorite moments were the speeches from Regina King and Uzo Aduba. It was also pretty cool that Jon Hamm won his first Emmy after 16 nominations.
Now on to what you really care about, the fashion!
I have to say, I was pretty underwhelmed this year. No one's look took my breath away or inspired immediate internet stalking.
That being said, below is my list of the night's best and worst dressed.
1) Allison Janney - I've admired Allison Janney since binge-watching all of The West Wing last winter. Her character, C.J. Cregg, is pretty much my idol. Last night Janney received her seventh Emmy, tying her with Ed Asner for the most Emmy Awards for acting. Not only did she make history, but she did so in a head turning, form fitting, glittering frock. Home run!
2) Sarah Hyland - Modern Family's Sarah Hyland is styled by Bravo-lebrity Brad Goreski. She looked perfectly age appropriate in this burgundy Zac Posen dress. I love the unique neck line and straps, as well as her beachy waves.
3) Sofia Vergara - Every awards show I put Sofia Vergara on my best dressed list. It almost feels like a cop out to include her, but she just nails it every time. Last night she stunned in a light gold St. John gown.
4) Gina Rodriguez - Do you watch Jane the Virgin? If you don't, you absolutely should. Gina Rodriguez plays the title character and she's wonderfully charming. She stepped onto the red carpet in a cotton candy pink Lorena Sarbu gown. All the girls at my viewing party gasped at the beauty of the neckline, the fit and the whimsical skirt.
1) Kiernan Shipka - Everything is wrong with this outfit - the yellow netting, drawing attention to the bust, the pouffy peplum and the black pants underneath. What were you thinking Dior Couture?
2) Amy Poehler - As much as America loves Amy, you cannot possibly support this look. First of all, her new hair color isn't working. It looks very unnatural. Second, this Michael Kors dress reminds me of the prom dresses that were popular in the early 2000s. This look wasn't fashion forward at all.
3) Gaby Hoffman - Thought Gaby Hoffman plays strange, self-centered characters on Girls and Transparent, you wouldn't expect that eccentric style to carry over into real life, but it does. I'm not a fan of her burgundy top and pants or her lopsided hair do.
4) Alan Cumming - As Eli on The Good Wife, Alan Cumming is smart, sharp and unrelenting. On last night's red carpet he was oversized and apparently lost from the set of Mary Poppins. Doesn't he look like one the chimney sweep guys?
As I said, the fashions gracing last night's red carpet were pretty lackluster. There were a few standouts, but it was mostly ho-hum. Here's hoping when these celebs return to the carpet in January, they've selected something with a bit more pizazz.
What do you think? Who made your list of the best dressed?