See all the backstage Insta-action from this year's Emmy Awards

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Awards season has finally arrived, and the Emmy Awards were as emotional, glamorous and powerful as we could have hoped for.

But apart from lusting over dresses on the red carpet (like Sofia Vergara's - please can we borrow it?) and wiping tears away after Viola Davis's meaningful acceptance speech, what we really want to see is what happens behind the scenes of the carefully choreographed poses, perfect smoky eyes and immaculate outfits.

Thanks to Instagram, we can be as nosy as we like - and we've really enjoyed watching Sofia Vergara and Padma Lakshmi sharing a secret snack, seeing what shoes Alan Cummings likes to wear with a suit and finding out what really goes on in Mindy Kaling's mind when she presents an award.

Intrigued? Look no further... we've rounded up all the best Instagrams of the night just for you. 

  • We can't decide who looks more delighted at his award, Jon Hamm or January Jones



  • Good to know we're not the only ones who do this when we're all dolled up...



  • Naomi Watts seems a little starstruck by her husband Liev Schrieber

    About to hit the#Emmys2015 red carpet on the arm of@RayDonovan himself!
    #talentcrush #mybabydaddy


  • Maisie Williams shows us she's ready for the red carpet with this beautiful picture

  • Leading ladies in red

    Thank you for capturing this@elleusa


  • Andy Samberg looks extra dapper just before stepping onto the red carpet

    Here we go! #emmys


  • It takes a team...

    Glamming it up for the #Emmys! @tombachik @lindahaymakeup@wendyiles_hair


  • Taryn Manning looks super glam in her fur stole and sparkly dress

    Loving this@idancohenofficial dress 

     #oitnb#emmys @jeromerousseau heels@stephenwebsterjewellry@deborahfergusonstylist


  • Mindy Kaling's caption game is on point

    Handing a bearded bae an Emmy


  • Naomi Campbell enjoys her first Emmys in style

    Ready and excited for my first Emmy's with the amazing@zac_posen #fox


  • The Modern Family cast take a selfie

  • There's nothing like a pre-show snap in the car

    I love my ever consistent Emmy date! @derekhough love you


  • Lena Dunham shares this photo and pays a powerful Insta-tribute

    This pic is dedicated to the radical women I worship from up close and afar who were all over tonight's Emmys. @amyschumer @jillsoloway@carrie_rachel @zoetrope9 @hereisgina@uzoaduba, @violadavis@iamreginaking, Jane Anderson, L Cholodenko, Al Janney, Paulson, Amy P, Gabs H, her Majesty Fran McD and so many more you know who you are and your magic is lifting us higher!


  • An, well, interesting choice of footwear, Alan Cummings...

    I'm off to the Emmys in a Vivienne Westwood suit and a pair of @crocs 


  • Nolan Gould - aka Modern Family's Luke - looks as cute as a button

    #Emmy carpet in@brooksbrothers!


  • Danielle Brooks has an important message for her followers

    So much fun.#voiceofthecurves and Yes curvy girls can wear designer. Thank you @csiriano


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus seems pretty chuffed about her award

    OH YEAH @veepHBO


  • Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria get close for a beaming selfie

    My sister from another mother. Love you hermana@evalongoria. #Emmys


  • Sometimes even the stars like to have a secret staircase gossip

    Keeping it classy!! Stair time photo shoot. #Emmys @mattmcgorry@yaelstone


  • Amy Schumer gets a little bit starstruck

    Ahhhhh!!! #emmymanager


  • Striking a pose on the red carpet

    We are both pride ourselves on our backting skills#partyintheback


  • Hey, we'd get hungry too...

    Contraband at the Emmys


  • Laverne Cox can't resist grabbing a snap with Jon Hamm

    Ladies and gentleman#JonHamm. Good night.


  • Only Padma Lakshmi could make a burger so glam

    Reunited and it feels so good. @innout


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Deborah Cicurel

Deborah Cicurel is a freelance journalist who writes about everything from lifestyle and travel to fashion and entertainment. She loves spicy maki rolls, cosy socks and visiting far-flung destinations, and is unable to walk past a dog on the street without stopping to befriend it.