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Emmy weekend came to a crescendo Sunday night, but it started off prim and proper at the BAFTA Tea Party on Saturday afternoon. There, Saffron Burrows clinked tea cups with fellow Brits Joely Richardson and Cat Deeley, who also attended a luncheon for Zandra Rhodes at the British consulate general’s residence the day before.
Entertainment Weekly’s party late Saturday night at Opera and Crimson was loud and boisterous from the start, due mostly to an overzealous DJ who drove guests out onto the patio, where Kate Walsh was gushing about her dress: “I lo-o-ove Marchesa. It makes me feel sexy and I love showing the leg.”
Rumer Willis, in a cutout Versace, ambled around solo. Her plans for Sunday? “Sleeping.”
She was about the only one in town. Most stars kept going strong Sunday at a string of parties after the awards ceremony, including stops at the TV Guide and Entertainment Tonight/People magazine bashes, where Kanye West and Duran Duran performed, respectively. Over at the Fox soiree at Spago, winners James Spader and Jaime Pressly kept their statuettes within reach.
Despite all the congratulations and hugs, there were a few grumbles about the cavalcade of events preceding the Emmys. “I had a good time tonight,” said past winner Patricia Heaton. “It is a long day, though. But I don’t want to complain too much. How pathetic do you sound if you are exhausted from the hair and makeup process?”
At HBO’s fete at Pacific Design Center, “The Sopranos” cast, including James Gandolfini, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Aida Turturro, toasted their Best Drama win. “What a way to go out,” Sigler said with excitement. Other trophy toters at the affair — which oddly had a Thai theme — included Sally Field, Helen Mirren and an on-the-prowl Jeremy Piven. Ginnifer Goodwin found herself starstruck after Lily Tomlin came up and gave her a hug. “That made my year! She must think I’m someone else,” she said.
By the end of the night, a yawning America Ferrera left the heavy lifting to her boyfriend, who held her trophy as they exited the party. Kevin Connolly explained, “The night is very long. You know you’re getting old when you can’t wait to go home and kick your shoes off.”
But Mirren wasted no time. The actress left the party in flip-flops, waving her sky-high silver stilettos in the air.