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The post-Emmy party machine cranked up on Sunday night as the 1,000-plus attendees made their way across the street to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Governor’s Ball, where a black-and-white circus theme — including hanging fiber optic light designs and twirling trapeze artists — filled the cavernous hall. Winners such as Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” and Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife” walked in with trophies in hand, then took their time finding their seats as they stopped to hug and kiss several peers and quite a few more strangers. “Wow, thank you,” Margulies said over and over again. As guests waited for Grey Goose cocktails at a bar carved entirely out of ice (and topped by a model wearing a two-story skirt that was clearly done with some cleverly draped scaffolding), they ogled stars like Jeremy Piven and Mark Wahlberg, who beat an early exit with wife Rhea Durham holding the cake pop party favors.

For many, the next stop was HBO’s post-Emmy party at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, where a steady stream of stars arrived including Claire Danes, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, Alan Cummings, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Griffin, Julia Stiles, Adrian Grenier, Piven and Dianna Agron.

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“One side of my jacket says Canali, but the other side says Gary’s Tux Shop,” chuckled Jon Voight, who flashed the inside of his jacket to illustrate on the way in.

 

Winners each in their respective best supporting categories — Peter Dinklage, Melissa McCarthy and Guy Pearce — all walked in trophy-in-hand.

 

“It’s like a dumbbell, actually, it’s quite heavy,” Pearce said.

 

Other attendees were eager to hit the sizable buffet, which included steak, salmon, gnocchi and risotto.

“If there was a suggestion box at the awards, I would recommend some sort of food-related tie-in, like Kit Kat or something,” said Vincent Piazza of “Boardwalk Empire,” who was clad in Alexander McQueen. “I mean, with all the product placement opportunities in Hollywood, wouldn’t it be so easy to have a Hershey’s Kiss dancing across the stage?”

 

At the Entertainment Tonight post-Emmy party at the Vibiana downtown, sweets were more in abundance than stars, causing one guest to moan, “I’ve not seen one celebrity here, not one.” The crowd at least got some first-rate entertainment when Stevie Nicks hit the stage around 10:30 p.m.

 

The Fox Broadcasting Company, Twentieth Century Fox Television, and FX party at West Hollywood eatery Fig & Olive had more than its share of winners. The ubiquitous “Glee” kids were among attendees but the party’s big winners — “Modern Family” couple Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell — proved surprisingly press shy — opting out of a walk down the golden carpet. “It’s an embarrassment of riches. I think I might have blacked out a little bit,” Bowen laughed, of hearing her name called for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She carried her award inside, where she met up with co-stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill and Sarah Hyland. Heidi Klum and husband Seal made an appearance, but it was Emmy host Jane Lynch, who didn’t look the least fatigued, that generated the most buzz. The host summed up the night: “It was a big party. I enjoyed every moment of it and tried to be completely present. I had the time of my life.”

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