On Emmy night the only place filled with more glittery winged statuettes than the trophy room at the ceremony was HBO’s annual after party, thanks to a series of sweeping victories – 26 in all – by the pay cable network’s programming, including the miniseies John Adams, the telepic Recount, the drama In Treatment and the comedy Entourage.
West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center served as the epicenter for HBO’s bash, converted into a swanky, sprawling blue-green Brazillian-themed party palace as a sea of stretch limos deposited an increasingly starry contingent of Emmy-toting actors, writers, directors and producers, as well a dozens of famous faces from film and television.
Appropriately for a glitzy blowout filled with free-flowing champagne and low-cut gowns, the gang from Entourage led the party pack: Adrian Grenier greeted In Treatment star Gabriel Byrne at the door and congratulated him on his Emmy victory effusively, along with Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen; Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara huddled up with the show’s upcoming guest star Jamie-Lynn Sigler, the only member of The Sopranos family on hand; Kevin Connelly belied up to the bar alongside Stacy Keibler; and dapper Jeremy Piven worked the room with a stogie in one hand and an Emmy in the other before DJ RAVIDRUMS invited him to the platform high above the dance floor to play the drums for an appreciative crowd of stars that included the show’s sexiest guests, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Malin Akerman and Carla Gugino who swayed to the Piv’s beat.
The octogenarian “Mr. Warmth” himself, Don Rickles, held court at a table by the door alongside his shiny Emmy, circled by a crowd filled with HBO’s comedy superstars Larry David, Bill Maher, Cynthia Nixon, Jeff Garlin and Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement and Brett McKenzie. Baby mama Amy Poehler parked her pregnant frame in a nook near the outdoor patio overlooking a specially created candlelit “pond” while hubby Will Arnett fetched food for her.
John Adams executive producer Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson cruised in with the latest addition to his already impressive trophy mantle, and Hanks told Hollywood.com that even with his abundance of awards each honor had special significance to him. Looking at each honor, “you go back and remember all of the people that were working on it with you,” Hanks said.
The Hanks fam slipped out early, just missing the miniseries’ Emmy-winning stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, and as the night wore on the celebrity wattage only increased, with appearances by Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Michael C Hall, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Tina Fey, Denis Leary, Mary-Louise Parker, John Krasinski, Hayden Panettiere, Sally Field and Lost-ies Daniel Dae Kim, Harold Perrineau, Jr. and Michael Emerson.
The party raged on into the wee hours – even Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragosa took a turn on the drums! – and even after spending hours squeezed into her Christian Laboutin shoes all day, Kate Walsh danced the night away as long as she could. “I’ve gotta work tomorrow,” she lamented, “but not too early.”
The stars will certainly be out come January 10 when the 32nd People’s Choice Awards take place in Hollywood.
The nominees include the likes of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz and Adam Sandler, to name just a few A-listers.
The show is a mash-up of movies, television and music, thus featuring unprecedented stars set to roam the Red Carpet.
One of the many subplots to emerge will be the potential on-stage pairing of Jolie and Pitt, since they’re nominated in the Favorite On-Screen Match-up category for Mr. And Mrs. Smith.
And you can help make that moment a reality by casting your votes.
And the nominees are:
Favorite Female Movie Star:
Favorite Male Movie Star:
Samuel L. Jackson
Favorite Leading Lady:
Favorite Leading Man:
Favorite Female Action Star:
Favorite Male Action Star:
Favorite On-Screen Match-Up:
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Mr. And Mrs. Smith
Chris Rockand Adam Sandler in The Longest Yard
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in Wedding Crashers
Favorite New TV Comedy:
Everybody Hates Chris
How I Met Your Mother
My Name Is Earl
Favorite New TV Drama:
Commander in Chief
Favorite TV Comedy:
Everybody Loves Raymond
That '70s Show
Favorite TV Drama:
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Law & Order: SVU
Favorite Reality Show Competition:
Favorite Reality Show--Other:
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host:
Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host:
Regis Philbin & Kelly Ripa
Favorite Female TV Star:
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Favorite Male TV Star:
Favorite Female Performer:
Favorite Male Performer:
The Black-Eyed Peas
Favorite Funny Female Star:
Favorite Funny Male Star: