It’s no secret that this year’s Emmy Awards have gone slightly off-script due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with bustling red carpets and jam-packed theatre halls out of the question due to social distancing restrictions.
The coronavirus-era adjustments to TV’s night of nights include host Jimmy Kimmel cracking jokes to an audience-less studio in LA’s Staples Centre while the A-listers themselves watch on from somewhere we rarely get to see: inside their homes.
Some stars followed the suggestion to ‘make an effort,’ as per an email to nominees obtained by Variety, with Tracee Ellis Ross even going the extra mile to create a homemade red carpet.
Others have done away with the glitz and glam and instead stayed in their PJs to stream the ceremony from their couches. Actors, hey? They’re just like us!
Below we’ve compiled pics of those stars who’ve gone the whole nine yards as well as those who have kept it comfy and casual for what is no doubt the most unusual Emmys we’ve ever seen — and a sign of award shows to come.
Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton
Reese donned a black Louis Vuitton number featuring bows on the shoulder and a bright pink lip to celebrate this year’s awards from her backyard.
“Shortest #Emmys commute yet!” the Legally Blonde star joked on Instagram. “Bringing the festivities to my lawn and excited to celebrate the incredible cast and crews of @themorningshow, @biglittlelies and @littlefireshulu tonight!”
Tracee Ellis Ross in Alexandre Vauthier
Black-ish star Tracee was gilded like an Emmy award statue in a tiered gold gown by Alexandre Vauthier which she paired with vintage Tiffany & Co. jewels and Jimmy Choo heels.
“How fun to get dressed up! Can’t say I miss the frenetic energy of the red carpet or wearing high heels, but boy do I miss a pretty dress!!” she wrote on Instagram.
Jameela Jamil in pajamas!
Jameela Jamil ditched the traditional red carpet finery for a comfy pair of white PJs by JJwinks but added some va-va-voom with a multi-coloured sequin dressing gown by NYC label Markarian.
“No bra? No heels? NO PROBLEM,” she quipped on Instagram, adding that she still did her makeup and wore the glitzy gown to honour her Good Place character, Tahini.
Issa Rae in Sergio Hudson
Issa Rae, star of Insecure, was a pop of colour in a coral-hued long-sleeved, cut-out number by Sergio Hudson.
Erin Lim in Azzi & Osta
Newly-engaged E! host Erin Lim shone in a khaki green gown by Azzi & Osta.
Tituss Burgess in Lee Ricki Collection
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess was fiery in a matching jacket and shorts combo by menswear brand Lee Ricki Collection and Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers.
Robin Thede in Christian Siriano
Multi-talented write/creator/star of A Black Lady Sketch Show Robin Thede frocked up in a burnt orange gown by Christian Siriano.
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunshine
Mark Ruffalo accepted his Emmy award for I Know This Much Is True alongside his wife, Sunshine, who wore a black and white polka dot frock.
Laverne Cox in Azzi & Osta
Actor and E!’s Emmys correspondent Laverne Cox brought a pop of much-needed colour in a fuchsia one-shouldered look by in Azzi & Osta which she described as “Neo Black Trans Feminist Barbie” on Instagram.
Jennifer Aniston in an LBD
‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ is Jennifer Aniston’s awards show mantra when it comes to her outfit choices and, to be honest, we can’t fault her.
When you look so darn good in a simple, slinky LBD why wear anything else? The Friends star also made sure to give her fans a glimpse at her Emmys prep at home before she joined host Jimmy Kimmel in the studio for a hilarious skit.
Zendaya in Christopher John Rogers
Zendaya went avant-garde in a black and purple silk taffeta dress by Christopher John Rogers which she accessorised with a gleaming Bvlgari jewel choker.
Catherine O’Hara in Valentino
Schitt’s Creek award-winner Catherine O’Hara was chic in black lace by Valentino for her show’s socially-distanced Emmys viewing party in Toronto, Canada.
Daniel Levy in Thom Browne
Catherine was joined by her co-star and Schitt’s Creek writer/director, Daniel Levy, who wore a grey skirt suit by Thom Browne and scooped two awards.
Shira Haas in Chanel
Unorthodox’s Shira Haas was a vision in a dark floral strapless number by Chanel.