Sarah Paulson: Emmys Best Dressed (Duana)
Let’s just get this out of the way: this dress is spectacular, and I knew the second she appeared on my screen that she would be my best dressed. I love the emerald colour and the chunky texture and the deep v-neck and the nod to breasts lying in a dress naturally, instead of hitched up for no reason.
It’s also one of those dresses where she knows she looks good, and it’s making her carry herself differently. I mean, true, she was a favourite to win, and the project meant a lot to her, and she brought the real Marcia Clark as her guest in the hopes that she could issue a national apology (who are you, Sarah Paulson?) so she had lots to feel good about. But compare the dress to this look from the 2014 MET Gala:
There are a lot of the same elements there. Big chunky skirt, deep V neck, same emerald colour – but she’s not carrying herself the same way. At the time, I said she looked yoked, though I still liked the dress.
But last night’s vibe was being a benevolent queen who not only restored respect to a woman who had become a national punchline, but made everyone watch while she apologized for her part, and everyone else’s, in having done so. And she happened to do it in an epic, regal queen dress, while also sending love to her partner and giving props to an enfant terrible showrunner while somehow creating an unscripted moment between two women that was also between them and the world.
Mostly acting is not rocket science. Nobody who’s making movies or TV is saving lives. Sometimes, though, in the tiniest way, they a little bit are…to the point where I would love to send Paulson out with Monica Lewinsky for coffee.