After the show it's all about the after-party, right? And that was certainly the case following theSunday night.
Kerry Washington, yet it didn't stop the "Scandal" star from celebrating at HBO's after-party.
Washington was a popular target for partygoers' photo requests and she graciously obliged at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif. Had she triumphed Sunday night, Washington would have become the first African-American to win for best actress in a drama series.
She perused the long dessert table but didn't take any before moving on to the bar. While Washington waited for her drink, she munched on three green olives stuck on a toothpick and presented by the bartender.
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Michael J. Fox and wife Tracy Pollan, Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus and husband Brad Hall, Emmy nominee Alfre Woodard, Tom Arnold, Hamish Linklater of "The Newsroom" and Emmanuelle Chriqui of "Entourage" were among the stars at the crowded outdoor party.
Seth McFarlane,, took a drag on a cigarette stub while leaning on the bar talking to pals.
Partygoers munched on Chinese stuffed bao with Cantonese duck, prime rib eye with wild mushroom scone and bearnaise, and paper wrapped halibut with heirloom tomato.
Meanwhile, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels and Ellen Burstyn were among the happy winners toting their trophies to the official after-party following Sunday's Emmy Awards.
A section of the Los Angeles Convention Center was transformed into an "Enchanted Forest," complete with trees sprouting from the floor, for the Governors Ball celebrants.
Hungry and thirsty guests indulged in filet mignon, short ribs and a special Emmy cocktail that tasted something like spiked lemonade. A rotating circular stage featured live bands and DJs playing dance music.
Winners had an extra incentive to hit the party: They could get their new Emmy statuettes engraved with their names at the "winners circle." They also received engraved bottles of wine.
And Emmy "losers" had a party of their own across town. Ten-time nominee Amy Poehler and nine-time nominee Jon Hamm hosted a private Losers Lounge at Soho House in West Hollywood.
Nominees including Jimmy Kimmel, Zooey Deschanel and Elizabeth Moss were welcomed freely, but winners such as Tina Fey (who sported a statuette for comedy writing) were asked to give to charity before joining the festivities.
Poehler and Hamm toasted the losers and recognized the winners, who raised more than $30,000, with personally engraved bottles of Johnnie Walker Scotch.