Great luck locating a much better celebration for Television buffs than the Emmys—though VANITY FAIR’s pre-celebration could come close. Eight of our favored Emmy nominees gathered for a soirée filled with petit fours, lobster, and Champagne—lots of Champagne—and shared some of the celebration tricks tucked up their frilly sleeves. “Put on the music and then we can battle on the dance floor,” says Black Monday’s Don Cheadle. Chernobyl’s Jared Harris has a set of pipes on him but does not foresee inviting his character, Valery Legasov, to the celebration. “I’d remain clear of him,” he says. “He’s in all probability radioactive.” Fosse/Verdon’s Margaret Qualley, who educated as a ballerina, can bust out a gravity-defying aerial, though When They See Us’s Niecy Nash tends to make a stiff drink. “If you close your eyes, you would believe I’m a experienced bartender,” she says of her tequila and ginger beer cocktail. “I discovered from Lady O herself.” (That is Oprah, for the uninitiated.) For at least 1 nominee, the Emmys could just have actual healing powers. Giancarlo Esposito was in bed with a stomachache when he discovered about his nomination for Far better Get in touch with Saul: “I was just acquiring my courage up to get to the health club when my telephone rang and it was my publicist. It created my day and it created my tummy really feel much better.” But for Christina Applegate, who earned her fifth nomination for Dead to Me, it was much more like an ordinary day. “My daughter was like, ‘Yay, Mom!’ Then she got her iPad and didn’t speak to me for a couple of hours.”

Levy’s tuxedo by ISAIA shirt by BOSS watch by Cartier. Nash’s dress by CELINE by Hedi Slimane cuffs by Tiffany & Co. ring (suitable hand)
by Cartier. Applegate’s clothes by Michael Kors jewelry by Cartier Higher Jewelry.
Photograph by Art Streiber. Styled by Deb Afshani.