It's the most important night of the year for television stars and binge-watchers alike. If you haven't already marked it on your calendar, the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on NBC on Monday, Aug. 25. On this night, Walter White will rub shoulders with Sherlock, the True Detective s of Louisiana will meet their Scandal-fixer counterparts in Washington, and Westeros will play nice. Truly, it's where crossover dreams come true.
The Emmys are the competitive sports of the TV-watching crowd. While I'm personally not invested in football or baseball, I root for my favorite actors to get the recognition they deserve — in the form of a gold statuette — with the devotion of a sports fan. On Emmy night, I'll be glued to a TV set, watching celebrities waltz down the red carpet in all their glamour as they share who they're wearing and fight the award show jitters through their perfectly bright smiles. Alas, the pre-show cameras can only show so much. They can catch every lovable Jennifer Lawrence stumble, but they miss candid behind-the-scenes moments between celebrities — the ones fandoms live for.
Luckily, some stars are really good at documenting their lives on social media. And, as we've seen before, they love a good selfie. After all, awards shows are a prime selfie-taking opportunity: you're all dolled up, looking better than you do on any given day, wearing something expensive, and you're surrounded by the most famous and fabulous people in the world. So, the social media savvy celebrities capitalize on this — and the fact that millions of fans are on standby to retweet and favorite their tweets and Instagrams to death — and give the people what they want.
If you're looking for more than just your standard self-portrait on Emmy night, you should follow these celebrities on Twitter and Instagram. They'll be sure to provide the best commentary during commercial breaks.
Kerry Washington's Twitter feed is a mix of her team (signed "krew") and her own personal thoughts. The content ranges from what she's wearing to her love for her Scandal cast mates (seriously, they're adorable) — an appropriate mix of obvious PR information and personal tidbits. Washington knows how to have fun (and get the pizza) at awards shows, so her feed is sure to please on Emmy night.
Aaron Paul & Bryan Cranston
Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston already got a head start on the shareable Emmy content this week. By virtue of their preparedness, I think the Breaking Bad co-stars will provide us with a fair share of Emmy moments. Also, selfies.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Not only is Jesse Tyler Ferguson a television actor, but he's also a budding critic. His keen observations aside, Ferguson is a hilarious and consistent tweeter. He'll also be sitting with the Modern Family cast, which will surely mean great photo opportunities and hijinks.
Speaking of the Modern Family cast: Sofia Vergara is a treasure. Aside from being gorgeous, Vergara is a true comedian. She doesn't take herself seriously (as seen in this playful Twitter interaction between her and Ferguson), and is constantly surrounded by other funny people. Follow her on Instagram on Emmy night — same humor, a little more glamour.
This is why you should follow Lena Dunham — especially on Emmy night. She tweets for herself, and for her social media-absent cast mates. Dunham is also Twitter friends with other television stars, which will surely make for an interesting Emmy feed.
Also, if you're not following Retta already, go do that. Right now. It's not clear to me if she'll be attending the affair, since Parks and Recreation didn't receive a Best Comedy Series nomination, but Retta's live-tweeting skills would be perfect for the Emmys.
Anyone from the Game of Thrones cast
The Game of Thrones cast is loved by fans almost as much as the show because they're such a stark contrast from their characters — in that they like each other. While they're constantly plotting against each other on screen, they hang out and are cute together in real life. Sophie Turner is a great Instagrammer, as is Pedro Pascal.
Then, there's the people we wish we could follow on Emmy night...
Alas, not all celebrities are on social media. It's 2014, but some notable names are absent from the Twitterverse.
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
Everyone's favorite comedic duo have managed to steer clear of social media. Poehler's online venture, Smart Girls, while awesome, doesn't provide us with a live stream of Poehler's thoughts during Emmys. We'll just have to wait for them to host the Golden Globes again for the Fey/Poehler awards show experience.
OK, so since she's 12, maybe Aubrey Anderson-Emmons shouldn't be sharing her life on social media. The Modern Family actress does have a Twitter account, managed by her mother. But, we would love to get a commentary of the awards show from sassy Lily Tucker-Pritchett, the vehicle of so many great one-liners on the show. Hopefully Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sofia Vergara will provide.
In the future, Twitter will add a feature that reads someone's tweet in their voice. That will be Benedict Cumberbatch's cue to hop on the Twitter train.