By People Staff
October 03, 2011 12:00 PM

EMMY GLAM!

LIGHTS! COLOR! ACTION! STARS HIT THE RED CARPET IN FIGURE-HUGGING GOWNS FOR TV’S BIG NIGHT

LEA MICHELE in a Marchesa gown and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

GWYNETH PALTROW in an Emilio Pucci gown and Neil Lane jewels.

SOFIA VERGARA in a Vera Wang gown and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

KATIE HOLMES in a Calvin Klein Collection gown.

MINKA KELLY in a Dior gown and Tiffany & Co. jewels.

KATE WINSLET in an Elie Saab gown, Cartier jewels and Roger Vivier clutch.

EMMY NIGHT MAGIC

QUEEN MELISSA!

When Melissa McCarthy took the stage alongside the other ladies in her category for a pageant-style reveal, she never imagined that she’d be the one taking home the crown—oh, and the Emmy. “I’m just glad to be invited to the party,” the Mike & Molly actress, 41, told PEOPLE before the show, downplaying her odds in the Lead Actress in a Comedy category. “I don’t think in a million years [I’ll win].” But by the time the Bridesmaids star had made it backstage, she was sounding decidedly more optimistic: “If anybody tells you that you can’t do something,” she said, “just keep walking.”

Host Jane Lynch dazzled in the show’s opening musical number. Now “I hope I get to sing more on Glee!” she says.

“TO MY SPECTACULAR HUSBAND: I LOVE BEING YOUR GOOD WIFE, AND I’M SO GRATEFUL YOU HAVE NO POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS!”

—JULIANNA MARGULIES, accepting the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for The Good Wife

Onscreen couple Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell scored Emmys for their roles on Modern Family. “I think I blacked out!” Bowen said. “I am truly thrilled.”

Clockwise from left: Charlie’s Angels executive producer Drew Barrymore greets two new Angels, Annie Ilonzeh and Rachael Taylor; Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt in the audience; Ashlee Simpson and Boardwalk Empire star Vincent Piazza at the HBO afterparty.

ON THE MEND

Los Angeles, Sept. 17

After being hit by a car and suffering minor injuries Sept. 7, Reese Witherspoon is back to her bubbly—if bruised—self.

OUT WITH MOM

Los Angeles, Sept. 14

A casual Julia Roberts runs errands with her 6-year-old twins Phinnaeus and Hazel.

SCARLETT STEPS OUT

Paris, Sept. 12

Scarlett Johansson and Kieran Culkin (who say they are just friends, despite reports to the contrary) stroll around the Saint-Germain district.

THE LOVE FLOAT

Majorca, Sept. 14

Halle Berry has a dip with boyfriend Olivier Martinez while vacationing on the Balearic island.

SISTERS IN ARMS

New York City, Sept. 13

Dakota Fanning, 17, and her not-so-little younger sister Elle, 13, hit the Rodarte Spring 2012 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Beyoncé Knowles THE DESIGNER!

London, Sept. 17

Beyoncé gives her mom, Tina Knowles, a helping hand at the U.K. launch of their House of Deréon fashion label at Selfridges.

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