Inside the Hottest Emmy After-Parties: Governors Ball, HBO, Fox and More

Finn Wittrock, Naomi Grossman & Lady Gaga Fox party
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Despite the sweltering heat Sunday, post-Emmy Awards is when things really started heating up. Here’s where the stars of television continued their epic celebrating.

Governors Ball, L.A. Convention Center:

Though lead comedy Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor was the belle of the 67th Emmy Awards Governors Ball, the 71-year-old actor had his own star sighting at the after-party. “Oh my God, that’s Andrea Bocelli!” he exclaimed, running to get a better view of the famous tenor’s performance.

Located directly across from the Microsoft Theater, the Ball — this year themed “Reigning with Radiance” and boasting 30-feet tall chandeliers and decor embedded with 45,000 Swarovski crystals — is the first stop for partygoers. In addition to the performance by Bocelli, who was joined by David Foster on piano, the evening featured a three-course meal by Patina Catering and a station where Emmy winners could get their names engraved on their statues.

The mood inside was high-energy and festive. Upon entering the ballroom, comedy actress winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “Veep” embraced host Andy Samberg, complimenting him on a job well done. Lead actor in a miniseries/movie Richard Jenkins said he was still in shock — not only over his win, but by the fact his HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” took home a total of six awards. With two statues for outstanding writing and best comedy, “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci joked that he could do weightlifting exercises with his Emmys.

Even those who didn’t take home the gold were in high spirits, including John Oliver, who was seen chatting with several “Daily Show” writers. And though “Mad Men” lost the top prize to “Game of Thrones,” creator Matthew Weiner could not have been more thrilled for his leading man, Jon Hamm, who finally won an Emmy for his final season as Don Draper. “It’s long overdue,” Weiner said, echoing the sentiments of many in the room. “And it’s wonderful.”

“Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner and Kiernan Shipka at the Governors Ball

Fox party, Vibiana:

If anybody stood out at Fox’s post-Emmys fete, its was Lady Gaga, who floated gracefully through the crowd in a white, cloud-like gown with an enormous billowy pouf.

The singer, who makes her small screen acting debut in this season’s “American Horror Story: Hotel,” held court at a reserved table as fans approached her one by one. “I loved you on Howard Stern,” gushed one guest. “Thank you so much,” said Gaga, holding the fan’s trembling hand.

Mindy Weiss designed the wedding-themed interior and outdoor patio spaces and DJ Mia Moretti flew in from NYC to spin tunes at the event, where “Modern Family” casters Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara and Ty Burell feasted on edibles by chef Neal Fraser of Redbird, who treated guests to a crudo station and live Robata grill, shucking oysters on the spot.

Emmy host Andy Samberg yukked it up with guests while Will Forte, the heavily-bearded star of Fox’s meta end-of-the-world comedy “Last Man Standing,” hung out by the dessert table.

“It’s a ton of work and I don’t really have any life outside of (the show), but I’m really proud of it,” said Forte. “It’s an amazing group of people I get to work with, so it’s good to have a very special experience.”

When asked to rate Samberg’s hosting duties, Forte said, “He was so great. I kept marveling at him because I would be so nervous in that situation and he just seemed so calm, cool and collected. He was really funny. Oh my God, so many little things made me laugh out loud.”

Naomi Campbell and Taraji P. Henson at the Fox party

HBO, Pacific Design Center:

For the 13th year, HBO transformed the Pacific Design Center, this year channeling fire with reds and gold-colored decor and a mammoth golden sculpture rotating in the center — around which stars from the network’s crowning shows toasted their Emmy sweep (of 43 wins).

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, celebrating her fourth consecutive lead actress win, held court at the “Veep” table, stopping for a quick chat and photo with Kerry Washington, who was hard to miss in her silver sequined dress.

“Veep’s” supporting actor winner, Tony Hale, floated through the party with his Emmy in tow. “I’m having an out-of-body experience,” he noted as he posed for photo after photo with friends.

Nearby, “Olive Kitteridge’s” Francis McDormand conducted a conversation that looked far too grave, considering “Olive’s” big night. Nominee Niecy Nash congratulated “American Crime” winner Regina King alongside HBO’s Michael Lombardo. And on the opposite end of the room — where buffet stations offered ravioli, beef, shrimp risotto and more — the “Game of Thrones” folk (including Peter Dinklage and Gwendoline Christie) stationed themselves and celebrated George R.R. Martin‘s birthday with cake.

“Game of Thrones” stars Carice Van Houten, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner at HBO

Elsewhere, Adrien Brody occupied a front table near the band (he’s had a fun weekend run, but is looking forward to Monday when this is over), while a sprightly Kiernan Shipka chatted with “Modern Family’s” Nolan Gould by the bar. Jordan Peele connected with Mel Brooks, while Dave Grohl walked around with a cane, still recuperating from his stage fall.

And on the fashion front, Joe Zee ogled over Laverne Cox’s ring; Zac Posen ardently embraced Naomi Campbell in a big hug; Damian Lewis looked sharp in a thin black tie; and Bryan Fuller worked a blue paisley suit (“I like clothes,” he said).

Amazon, The Standard, Downtown LA:

Following key wins for Jill Soloway, who nabbed a directing statuette for her groundbreaking comedy series, “Transparent,” and Jeffrey Tambor, who won the lead actor award for his performance as a transgender woman on the show, the mood was both celebratory and familial at Amazon’s soiree in downtown L.A.

Guests gathered by the rooftop pool of the hotel, snacking on sliders, sipping vodka-pink lemonade cocktails and snapping photos with Soloway, who circulated the party in Birkenstocks and a pajama-inspired, polka-dotted pants and blouse ensemble, hoisting her Emmy in the air.

“(The success of the show) is really amazing,” said “Transparent” writer and actor Faith Soloway, Jill’s sister. “It’s shocking.”

Meanwhile, “Transparent” cast members Amy Landecker and guest star winner Bradley Whitford shared a table with Landecker’s dad, who made a run to the hotel’s gift shop, returning shortly thereafter with treats.

“It’s to cover a bad haircut,” joked Whitford of his recent proclivity for Fedora hats.

Landecker, who plays Sarah, the fiancé of Tammy (Melora Hardin) on the series, cautioned, “Don’t get too invested in their relationship” come this next season. “The first episode of the next season starts with their wedding, but then Sarah goes into the woods and has this whole transformation. It’s really wild.”

AMC/IFC/SundanceTV/BBC America, Boa:

One big win was more than enough to justify the celebratory atmosphere at AMC’s post-Emmys celebration in West Hollywood, which was packed until the wee hours with the stars of “Mad Men,” “Better Call Saul” and “Fear the Walking Dead,” who mingled with luminaries from sister networks SundanceTV, IFC and BBC America.

Jon Hamm, who finally won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama after eight years of being nominated, held court in the back corner of the restaurant, surrounded by his “Mad Men” co-stars including January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery and Jared Harris. Elsewhere at the busy shindig, nominees including “Better Call Saul’s” Jonathan Banks and “The Honorable Woman’s” Maggie Gyllenhaal rubbed shoulders with the likes of “Portlandia’s” Carrie Brownstein, “Orphan Black’s” Kristian Bruun and “Rectify’s” Abigail Spencer, while super-producers Vince Gilligan and Matthew Weiner exchanged hugs with well-wishers near the buffet.

Jon Hamm celebrates his win with “Mad Men” costar January Jones at the AMC party.

Comedy Central, Boulevard3:

Newly-minted Emmy winner Amy Schumer celebrated her double win (one at the Creative Arts Emmys) by eating cheeseburgers at the Comedy Central bash — where many a “Daily Show” writer was spotted walking around with an Emmy in hand, thanks to Jon Stewart’s farewell season racking up three awards Sunday night. “Daily Show” correspondents past and present made their way through the crowded patio, including Jessica Williams, John Hodgman and Al Madrigal. 

The Sunset Blvd. soirée was full of young party-friendly and funny attendees, such as comedians Trevor Noah and Chris Hardwick, who attended with his new fiance (of a week) Lydia Hearst. Guests at the Hollywood fiesta enjoyed snapping pics at the gold-decorated photo booth, before heading to the bar in the center on the dance floor for a libation — or two. Another big hit was the frozen banana station with custom toppings. And on the way out, late-night partygoers were gifted the perfect post-gown-and-tux celebratory wee hours souvenir: an egg sandwich.

Trevor Noah and Chris Hardwick at the Comedy Central bash

Netflix, Chateau Marmont:

Paparazzi were waiting outside of Chateau as black cars lined up, and “Orange Is the New Black” star Kate Mulgrew hopped out. Her costar Uzo Aduba was Netflix’s big winner of the night.

Inside, partygoers swarmed at the entrance around Tituss Burgess, who was nominated for “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — and further into the soirée, his costar and fellow nominee Jane Krakowski was chatting with her “30 Rock” alum Jack McBrayer on the outdoor patio.

Also at the intimate gathering was a conversation-consumed Ricky Gervais, and “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey, who was schmoozing with a small crowd in the middle of the dimly-lit courtyard. But the golden girl of the party was certainly Aduba, who held her Emmy statue while she danced to “Love Shack.”

Uzo Aduba danced the night away with her Emmy at the Netflix party.
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And here’s what happened on the Emmy party front leading up to awards night: