From red carpet fashion to monumental achievements in television, this year’s Emmys was full of historic wins.
As awards season continues in full swing, this week it was time to honor the greatest feats in television.
The night was filled with historic firsts and big wins from some of last year’s most popular shows. After months of delay due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, here are the highlights from the 75th Emmy Awards.
Stars from 2023’s hit shows walked down the red carpet in their best attire last Monday. Ayo Edebiri, who won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for The Bear, wore a custom Louis Vuitton dress. The black gown was constructed using structured leather panels, creating a bell-shaped silhouette.
Rachel Brosnahan, who was nominated in the same category, slipped into a corset gown from Versace. The deep violet dress was handcrafted all the way in Milan, Italy.
Wednesday’s Jenna Ortega looked darling in Dior Couture. The strapless design featured “decadent layers of rose des vents tulle, embroidered with a silver soutache trellis, and floral garlands in silk and sequins,” according to the brand’s Instagram page.
Claire Danes also made an appearance wearing vintage Balmain. Diving into the brand’s rich archives, the actress went with a dress from the 1980s. The sleek column design is made with delicate pink fabric.
Succession’s actors Kieran Culkin, Matthew Macfadyen, and Sarah Snook, creator Jesse Armstrong, and director Mark Mylod all took home trophies. Meanwhile, The Bear also earned awards through actors Jeremy Allen White, Edebiri, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach, plus writing and directing awards for Christopher Storer.
Beef came in at a close second, taking home five awards that night. The Netflix show won Best Limited/Anthology Series while its lead actors Ali Wong and Steven Yeun were awarded in their categories as well.
The 75th Emmys were surely a night to remember, with the show leaning into the nostalgia factor of shows gone by. The casts of Martin, Cheers, and Ally McBeal all had onstage reunions. Theme songs from shows such as The Golden Girls and Laverne and Shirley also played in the background.
The crowd then jumped to give Christina Applegate a standing ovation when it was her turn to present an award. In 2021, the actress revealed her struggle with multiple sclerosis which is why she was walking with a cane that night.
Through tears, Applegate was still able to bring some lightness during her speech. “Oh my God, you’re totally shaming my disability by standing up. It’s fine,” she joked.
During the most somber section of the show, Charlie Puth and The War And Treaty sang Puth’s “See You Again” for the In Memoriam. Paying tribute to great talents that were lost last year, the song slowly transitioned to “I’ll Be There for You,” the Friends theme song, as the montage closed with Matthew Perry’s image.
Among the night’s historic firsts, women of color stood front and center. For the first time in Emmy history, both best actress awards for comedy went to Black women (Abbott Elementary’s lead actress Quinta Brunson and The Bear’s supporting actress Edebiri).
Meanwhile, Wong was the first Asian actress to win a lead acting Emmy in any category. Aside from these winning women, RuPaul also became the most awarded host in Emmys history, earning his eighth trophy for RuPaul’s Drag Race. As another win for Black talent, Trevor Noah was the first Black person to take home the trophy for Outstanding Talk Series.
While he was not in attendance, Elton John reached a milestone in his career by achieving EGOT status that night. The singer won Outstanding Variety Special for Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium. According to Time, John became the 19th person to earn an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.
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