SHOW BITS: It's Emmy party time

Monday - 9/23/2013, 3:48pm EDT

Aaron Paul, left, and Bryan Cranston arrive at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The Associated Press

Show Bits brings you the 65th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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KERRY WASHINGTON BIG DRAW AT HBO BASH

Kerry Washington didn't make Emmy history, 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.

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, who hosted the Oscars in March, 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 béarnaise, and paper wrapped halibut with heirloom tomato.

-- Beth Harris - Twitter http://twitter.com/bethharrisap

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HAVING A BALL AFTER THE EMMYS

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.

-- Sandy Cohen - Twitter http://twitter.com/apsandy

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WINNERS PAY UP AT LOSERS LOUNGE

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.

-- Sandy Cohen - Twitter http://twitter.com/apsandy

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TWITTER DUBS THE EMMYS WEIRD

With its big dance numbers, surprise winners and extended montages honoring departed actors, Sunday night's Emmy Awards show wasn't exactly conventional.

Twitter came up with a name to reflect that: (hashtag)weirdemmys.

A search of the term turns up images of Kevin Spacey slapping at a camera with an index card and Merritt Wever's surprisingly short speech.

In the site's usual snarky vibe, users made fun of the program's death montages and the backstage interviewing skills of actor Shemar Moore.

But most seemed to enjoy Michael Douglas' raunchy acceptance speech after he won an Emmy for playing Liberace in "Behind the Candelabra" and offered to split the trophy with co-star Matt Damon, who was nominated for playing Liberace's lover.

"Is it me or is this show really really really weird?" Access Hollywood host Billy Bush posted toward the end of the three-hour program that was nearly delayed by a football game.

-- Anthony McCartney - Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/mccartneyAP.

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ANNA GUNN IS MISSING NEW MEXICO

Anna Gunn has New Mexico on her mind.

The actress filmed five seasons of "Breaking Bad" in Albuquerque. She told reporters after her Emmy win for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series that she's from Santa Fe and her parents still live there.

Now that "Breaking Bad" has finished filming and its final episode is set to air next week, Gunn says there are things about working in New Mexico that she'll miss.

"I'm going to miss the sky, the colors, the mountains, the people," she said, holding her award. "That's part of the heartbreak of the show being over."

-- Caryn Rousseau - Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/carynrousseau

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DID SOFIA VERGARA JINX HER VERA WANG GOWN?

Sofia Vergara's red lace Vera Wang dress couldn't stand up to the pressure of Emmy night.

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