The Primetime Emmys Governors Ball

Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Bryan Cranston
“Breaking Bad” Praised at the Glamorous Governors Ball After the Emmys

Lizzy Caplan: A Fashion Standout


At the Governors Ball following the Aug. 25 Primetime Emmy Awards, guest after guest expressed jubilation that  “Breaking Bad” swept the major drama categories, having won for outstanding series, lead actor, supporting actor, supporting actress and writing.

“I’m happy for everyone, especially Aaron Paul,” said Jon Voight of “Ray Donovan.” Voight and Paul of “Breaking Bad” were both up for Emmys as best supporting actor in a drama series.

“Bryan Cranston was deserving of the Emmy,” said Kiernan Shipka of “Mad Men.”

“I’m super-pumped about ‘Breaking Bad,’” said Lizzy Caplan of “Masters of Sex,” a nominee herself in the lead actress category. “Not that the other shows weren’t deserving. They were so deserving that I was afraid ‘Breaking Bad’ might get edged out.”

Lizzy Caplan
In her Donna Karan Atelier gown, Caplan would have been a clear winner had there been a best-dressed trophy. Her train was so voluminous, however, that partygoers kept stopping short as they neared her, lest they trip over the edges. So before pausing to chat with series creator Michelle Ashford, Caplan thoughtfully – and cheerfully – twirled around to lessen the volume.

As a side note, Julianna Margulies in Narcisco Rodriguez, Taylor Schilling and Camilla Alves in Zuhair Murad, Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli, Kerry Washington in Prada, Kiernan Shipka in Antonio Berardi, Kate Walsh in Stephane Rolland, Sarah Paulson in Giorgio Armani Privé and Anna Gunn in Jenny Packham were my fashion favorites.

And as another side note, in story about Emmy statistics in the Los Angeles Times, reporter Glenn Ripp noted that there had been 32 nominations for the “Mad Men” ensemble without a win. This year’s losses brought the number to 34.

As a 7-time lead actor nominee without an Emmy win to date, Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” said he had no disappointments.

“It’s been an amazing year for television. I had no expectations,” he said, before complimenting his co-nominees and naming each one.

As for the big winners, a near-blinding number of flashbulbs popped as Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn rose from their table to pose for a requested shot with their “Breaking Bad” Emmys in hand.

Series creator Vince Gilligan simply said, “I’m over the moon.”

In what was described as the world’s largest formal dinner, 3,800 guests enjoyed a seated 3-course gourmet meal catered by Patina and served with Fiji Water and Beaulieu Vineyard wines.

A laser light show in a kaleidoscope of color and motion played overhead as nonstop entertainment came courtesy of The Red Hot Band, Extreme Beam, String Theory, Judith Hill and a performance by the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

Laverne Cox
For a closer look at the goings on at the Governors Ball, check out the additional photos in the gallery below.

Shots feature Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian, Lizzy Caplan, Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Julianna Margulies, Jessica Lange, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Louis C.K., Kiernan Shipka, Matthew McConnaughey and Camila Alves, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Sunrise Coigney, Idris Elba, Kate Walsh, Lucy Liu, Minnie Driver, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Sarah Silverman, Kyle MacLaughlan, Desiree Gruber, Kate Mara, Dascha Polanco, Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Ryan Murphy, Jerry Bruckheimer, Steven Levitan and Krista Levitan, Natasha Lyonne and Betsy Brandt.


Top photo: The night’s big winners from “Breaking Bad,” from left, supporting actor Aaron Paul, supporting actress Anna Gunn and lead actor Bryan Cranston at the Governors Ball after the Primetime Emmy Awards (photo Frank Micelotta/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

Second photo: Lizzy Caplan, my fashion favorite in a gown by Donna Karen Atelier, at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live (Photo by Jordan Strauss/ Invision/ AP)

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Third photo: Emmy nominee Laverne Cox of “Orange is the New Black,” drinking Fiji Water on the red carpet before the Primetime Emmys, which was followed by the star-studded Governors Ball (photo: J. Emilio Flores/ Invision)

Julianna Margulies
Fourth photo: Jeffrey Stambor of Beaulieu Vineyard with Woody Harrelson, an Emmy nominee for “True Detective,” at the Governors Ball, which followed the Primetime Emmys (photo, Vince Bucci)

Fifth photo: Julianna Margulies showing off her Emmy and also her curves in a glamorous beaded Narciso Rodriguez gown at the Governors Ball (Photo by Danny Moloshok/ Invision for the Television Academy/ AP Images)

Sixth photo: A laser light show in a kaleidoscopic of color and motion played overhead throughout the night at the Governors Ball (photo, SocietyNewsLA.com_



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The Primetime Emmys Governors Ball

Published Aug. 26, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA