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The best of the 2018 Emmy Awards red carpet

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Sep 18, 2018

It was a night of highs and lows for the genre TV nominees at the Emmys as Game of Thrones won Best Drama and Best Supporting Actor (for Peter Dinklage) but The Handmaid’s Tale was shut out — Hulu’s dystopian hit did win some Emmys up at last weekend’s ceremony. Stranger Things also went home empty-handed, but Westworld did pick up Best Supporting Actress. Unlike the comedy categories, which were dominated by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Barry, the drama accolades were spread across a variety of shows. On the limited series and TV movie side, Black Mirror won in the Best Writing category for the “USS Callister” episode.

While the actual telecast was sluggish, the red carpet did not disappoint, with designer Christian Siriano dominating the best-dressed list. The teens from Stranger Things continued to show the adults how it's done in the sartorial stakes — plus Thandie Newton and Regina King were winners in more ways than one.

Below are some of the best looks of the night!

Tatiana Maslany

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This is the kind of look that screams “I know I’m not going to win, so I’m going to have fun with my look instead,” and often these are the best outfits of the night. Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany pulled off the formal draped jumpsuit by Christian Siriano. The highlighter yellow shade is not for everyone, but we love it. Simple styling and a bold orange lip also added to Maslany’s style winner status.

Thandie Newton

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Straight from New York Fashion Week, this pink Brandon Maxwell gown served up some serious train drama. A sickly sweet color, and yet this Thandie Newton look was anything but saccharine. Newton was the sole Westworld winner, giving a speech that was both hilarious and touching.

Angela Sarafyan

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On Westworld, Angela Sarafyan has gone through a number of costume changes as Clementine, but nothing quite as jaw-dropping as this out-of-this-world Christian Siriano gown.

Evan Rachel Wood

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A twist on the menswear-inspired red carpet theme as Evan Rachel Wood opted for a long cloak-turned-train in Altuzarra. The floral hair accessories added a touch of sweetness; the dark red lip was the perfect finishing touch.

The Westworld star used this moment of visibility by bringing activist Amanda Nguyen as her plus one. Nguyen is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee who was recognized for her role in creating the Sexual Assault Survivor's Bill of Rights. Wood also added, “I think we’re at a crucial time in history right now, especially for women and civil rights. I’m here to also support ACLU and families separated at the border. It’s what I’m compelled to do.”

Stranger Things

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The Stranger Things teens have been a permanent fixture on the Best Dressed list for the last three years at the Emmys. Once again they brought it, eschewing the standard black tux. Gaten Matarazzo was bold in mustard yellow velvet Dolce & Gabbana — the other good thing about being a teen is being able to get away with wearing Converse on the red carpet.

Also in sneakers was Caleb McLaughlin doing an all-white look in Louis Vuitton with aplomb. Meanwhile, Noah Schnapp was dripping in Fendi, adding a bold pattern to the proceedings.

Stranger Things

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On and off-screen couple Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton also kept up with the Stranger Things style highs. Heaton took a cue from his younger co-stars in a textured brown Isaia tux. Meanwhile, Dyer’s delicate Dolce & Gabbana gown was several levels of stunning craftsmanship. We are definitely not in the Upside Down.

Zazie Beetz

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Velvet isn’t just for tuxedos, as Zazie Beetz in Ralph Lauren can attest. The Deadpool 2 star sadly didn’t win for her turn in Atlanta, but with the jeweled detail, she looked like red carpet royalty.

Donald Glover

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There weren’t any red carpet arrival photos of Donald Glover — which only added to the speculation that he had come as the character Teddy Perkins from Atlanta — but this pinstripe Gucci tux was too good to not include. Sadly, Glover left his space cape at home, and we all know Lando would have the perfect one in his collection for an award show.

Keri Russell

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Keri Russell didn’t spill any Star Wars: Episode IX secrets on the red carpet, so we are still none the wiser as to who she is playing. However, she did leave jaws on the floor in a stunning feathered Zuhair Murad Spring 2018 Couture gown that had not one, but two leg slits. We know she'll definitely bring it when Star Wars hits the promo circuit at the end of 2019. This is a very stylish franchise, after all.

Regina King

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Another Christian Siriano gown delight — didn’t we say he would be on here a lot? Regina King won an Emmy and a place on the Best Dressed list in a chartreuse strapless number. The rounded neckline elevated the garment, while the Irene Neuwirth earrings were the perfect accessory. We cannot wait to see what King brings to Damon Lindelof’s forthcoming Watchmen adaptation. HBO will be hoping to repeat their Game of Thrones streak with this show.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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While we're on the subject of the Best Drama winner, here's the best-dressed Game of Thrones cast member with another excellent spin on the tux jacket. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau lost out on Best Supporting Actor to on-screen brother Peter Dinklage, but this Isaia velvet tan jacket delivered on the ‘70s aesthetic — a big trend this fall.

Samira Wiley

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The Emmys do this thing where they split the categories over two different weekends, with the Guest Actor awards getting handed out during those ceremonies. Samira Wiley won for The Handmaid’s Tale and celebrated in this super sparkly Jenny Packham frock.

Alexis Bledel

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Alexis Bledel didn’t make it two in a row for The Handmaid's Tale — she won last year for Guest Actress and was nominated as Supporting this year — but she did look like a sweet treat in pastel Delpozo.

Leslie Jones

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One more Christian Siriano for this list; it wasn't just neon green the designer embraced, as Leslie Jones’ pink and purple iridescent suit gave off My Little Pony vibes. It was bold and we loved it. Jones also gifted us with some of the best reactions of the night, including when the surprise proposal occurred.

Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst

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Another person who went home empty-handed was Jesse Plemons, for his role in Black Mirror. But he did accidentally photobomb another winner alongside Fargo co-star and fiancée Kirsten Dunst, as she hilariously pointed out on Instagram. Plus the new parents looked fabulous, with Dunst in a navy Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown.

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