The Emmy Award bashes turned midnight into rush hour.

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he whirl of Emmy parties kept celebrities on their toes Sunday, utilizing every party venue known to man, and making for some Town Car-clogged streets as stars hopped between bashes for Entertainment Weekly, Endeavor, Fox, HBO, TV Guide, Universal and “Entertainment Tonight” and Glamour.

“The parties are the best part of the night,” said Sarah Wynter, “and I plan to be at all of them.”

As Keifer Sutherland entered the Moroccan-tented Morton’s for Fox’s bash, he greeted his “24” pals, quipping, “I’m late because of limo traffic. It’s a beast.” Inside, his co-star, Sarah Clarke, plotted her plan of attack for the evening. “I hear the Foo Fighters are playing at TV Guide at 11 o’clock, then the Bangles are playing at the ET/Glamour party. What should I do?” she asked.

The answer was easy for Portia de Rossi, who flipped open her cell phone to locate her friends. Meanwhile, arriving across the street at HBO’s blue-carpeted affair at Pacific Design Center, Sarah Jessica Parker whispered, “I’ve got to go to the bathroom. Don’t tell anyone!”

Inside, as the 800 guests gobbled sushi and tiramisu, James Gandolfini and Joe Pantoliano puffed on their congratulatory cigars, and Stanley Tucci whisked girlfriend Edie Falco away from the crowd for a celebratory meal. “He takes such good care of me,” the two-time winner gushed. Although her show didn’t take home any trophies, Kristin Davis happily celebrated HBO’s 109 nominations: “It was a painless night.”

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