Women Over 40 Biggest Winners at 2014 Emmy Awards

Actresses over 40 took home major awards and shined on the red carpet.

August 26, 2014, 2:47 PM
PHOTO: Actress Halle Berry poses in the press room during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Actress Halle Berry poses in the press room during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles.
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Aug. 26, 2014— -- intro: So much for the saying, you might as well be dead in Hollywood if you're a woman over 40.

Not only did women over 40 sweep every major acting award at Monday's 66th annual Emmy Awards, they managed to show up their younger counterparts on the red carpet.

In the drama category, "Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies, 48, took home the award for lead actress, while Anna Gunn, 46, nabbed the best supporting actress trophy for the final season of "Breaking Bad."

On the comedy side, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 54, won best actress for her role in HBO’s "Veep," while Allison Janney, 54, picked up two Emmys, for best supporting actress for CBS' "Mom," and her guest appearance on Showtime's "Masters of Sex."

In the miniseries or movie category, actresses over 60 dominated, with Jessica Lange, 65, winning best actress for "American Horror Story: Coven," and her co-star, Kathy Bates, 66, winning for best supporting actress.

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Women over 40, led by Halle Berry and Robin Wright, were the big winners in the fashion stakes too, as they flaunted their toned bodies on stage and on the red carpet.

"Forty is the new 25 in Hollywood," Sharon Waxman, the founder and editor-in-chief of TheWrap, told ABC News. "We have these actresses who look incredible for any age. They have to appear on these screens in HD ... and they totally stand the test of the camera."

Click through to see some of the most impressive looks from 40-plus actresses at the 2014 Emmys.

quicklist:title: Halle Berrytext: Berry showed some serious leg in a mauve belted chiffon Elie Saab gown. Hard to believe this Oscar winner and star of CBS' new sci-fi hit "Extant" is 48 and the mother of 10-month-old son Maceo and 6-year-old daughter Nahla.media: 25130740

quicklist:title: Robin Wrighttext: Wright just seems to get better with age. The 48-year-old "House of Cards" star rocked a backless cream Ralph Lauren jumpsuit, her hair slicked back to show off her flawless skin.media: 25130948

quicklist:title: Julianna Marguliestext: Another 48-year-old actress, Margulies looked slim in a shimmery Narciso Rodriguez. When she went to collect her best actress award, viewers got a good look at her toned back in the low-cut, strappy column. When Margulies declared, "What a wonderful time for women on television," she could easily have been talking about women of a certain age.media: 25130517

quicklist:title: Jessica Langetext: Lange is leading the way for women in their 60s. Proving she's still Hollywood's golden girl nearly 40 years after making her film debut in "King Kong," Lange showed off her slender frame and toned arms in a black sleeveless J. Mendel dress.media: 25130897

quicklist:title: Julia Robertstext: Julia Roberts, 46, bared her beautiful toned legs in a plunging blue-beaded Elie Saab couture minidress. With her long blonde locks and "America's Sweetheart" smile, she was a winner on the red carpet even if she lost out on the Emmy to Bates.media: 25130401

quicklist:title: Julia Louis-Dreyfustext: Red was the color of the night, and no one was hotter than Louis-Dreyfus, 54, in a raspberry draped dress by Carolina Herrera. The dress' twisted and draped halter neckline, cinched waist with contrasting skinny belt and open back with criss-cross leather straps showed off Louis-Dreyfus' slender frame.media: 25130791

quicklist:title: Sophia Vergaratext: Much ado was made about Sophia Vergara's rotating pedestal gag in the middle of the show. But no one would deny that the 42-year-old knows how to flaunt her curves in a white strapless Roberto Cavalli number with silver embellishments.media: 25130674

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