After a tension-filled and food-free afternoon and evening, Emmy winners like Kevin Costner, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Steve Levitan delayed their meals a little longer to pose for photographers and accept well-wishes from colleagues and admirers at the Governors Ball.
The ATAS converted the L.A. Convention Center auditorium into a fire-engine red restaurant, with a staff of 1,100 working to keep the 4,000 guests happy. Jon Cryer obligingly stood up and posed with his Emmy and fans, while winners as diverse as Jon Stewart and “The Amazing Race” team sat at their assigned tables and accepted a line of folks paying homage.
ATAS and WB TV topper Bruce Rosenblum received a steady stream of congrats for the show, as well as for his onstage bit (Rosenblum graciously gave all the credit to Ellen DeGeneres). Other guests, including Stephen Colbert and Zooey Deschanel and the “Mad Men” gang, seemed to take their trophy-less status in stride. Some winners chose to carry their Emmys home in a discreet black carrying case. Others, like “Modern Family” exec producer Danny Zuker, happily carried the statue to his car, while Tina Fey wandered the limo pickup line in blue and green striped slippers.
The dinner’s theme was “A romantic rhapsody in Red,” with nonstop musical entertainment from the Red Hot Band, Alizma and Red Hots, who performed on an elevated stage in the middle of the room, occasionally walking through the crowds while singing. The entree was roasted tenderloin (red meat, natch) catered by chef Joachim Splichal and Patina.
Winners took their trophies to the engraving station, while others lined up at the Grey Goose bars, made of ice.
Over at Soleto restaurant, Fox celebrated its Emmy wins for “Homeland” and “Modern Family” in style, converting the downtown eatery into an outdoor venue that encompassed nearly an entire building.
Despite the lengthy runway, there wasn’t much elbow room as the night went on: A cluster of some of the night’s big acting winners, including Damian Lewis, Claire Danes, Jessica Lange, Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet, gathered near the middle of the carpeted track.
Twentieth Century Fox TV chairs Gary Newman and Dana Walden also fielded plenty of congratulations from the crowd. Walden served up a few hearty congrats herself, singling out “Homeland” exec producers Gordon and Gansa.
“To see their work recognized by their peers is so rewarding, because we’re trying to have great commercial success with shows that are also meaningful and real,” Walden said.
Still, Walden admitted her favorite moment of the evening was Lewis’ surprise win for lead actor in a drama. “When Damian won, and it seemed pretty clear that ‘Homeland’ was on a roll, I looked at my husband and said, ‘It’s ‘Homeland’s’ night.'”
Farther west on Emmy night, HBO decked out WeHo’s Pacific Design Center with yellow lotus blossoms, and gave new meaning to “political party” on Emmy night.
“Game Change” earned four Emmys for HBO, including statues for partygoers Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks, Danny Strong and Jay Roach.
Strong said he doesn’t think it was the hype from the upcoming election that pushed the telepic to Emmy victory. “We were hoping it would be powerful film, and an exciting movie, and that it would play on its own merit,” said the scribe. “Not for the controversy, but for the storytelling and what it has to say.”
Stars from the cabler’s other skeins were on hand for the festivities, including Steve Buscemi, Lena Dunham and Peter Dinklage.