SHOW BITS: A last hurrah for 'Breaking Bad'

Tuesday - 8/26/2014, 2:30pm EDT

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Show Bits brings you the 66th annual Primetime 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.



Aaron Paul toted his Emmy into the AMC party celebrating a victorious finale for "Breaking Bad."

Bryan Cranston, who played meth dealer Walter White, posed for photos with admirers as he made his way into crowded BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood after the Emmy Awards on Sunday night. He won a record-tying fourth best dramatic actor award.

Anna Gunn, who played Cranston's wife, briefly carried her statuette, and castmate Betsy Brandt arrived shortly thereafter to join the last big blowout for the show whose finale aired 11 months ago.

Jon Hamm, who lost -- again -- for his role as Don Draper on the network's "Mad Men," graciously greeted well-wishers while arm-in-arm with girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt.

Partygoers enjoyed a spread that included sushi hand rolls, filet mignon, chicken marsala and caprese salad, all washed down with flowing alcohol against a backdrop of disco music.

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With another Emmy Awards show in the history books it's time for folks like Jon Voight, Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin to quit guessing who might win in favor of figuring out what to eat.

For them and numerous other Emmy show attendees, the first stop was the Governor's Ball dinner.

There, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler and Katherine Heigl shared a table while Kate Walsh chatted with a friend one table over.

Lizzy Caplan, a lead actress nominee for "Masters of Sex," posed for photos with fans in the ballroom while passers-by deftly avoided her floor-grazing full skirt.

Sarah Silverman, who won an Emmy earlier in the evening, arrived at the ball without her trophy. Once there, she quickly ditched her shoes, placing the towering gold stilettos in her lap.

At least one winner skipped the official after party: Julia Louis-Dreyfus planned to hit up an In-N-Out burger stand before heading to the HBO party.

-- Sandy Cohen: APSandy



On her way to the Emmy Awards stage, winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus got waylaid by a pair of lips belonging to Bryan Cranston.

They shared a prolonged kiss as the audience applauded Louis-Dreyfus' win as lead actress in a comedy series. She had to be led away from the "Breaking Bad" star by show host Seth Meyers.

"He went for it and I appreciate it," a grinning Louis-Dreyfus said backstage.

She and Cranston had presented an award earlier in the evening, when she pretended she didn't remember his appearance on "Seinfeld," during which their characters dated and kissed.

Their Emmy smooch was part of that running gag, and Louis-Dreyfus explained that their respective spouses were OK with it.

"It's not a question of why, but more a question of why not?" a cagey Cranston said backstage after winning for lead actor in a drama series.

Informed that their moment of passion was likely to go viral, he joked, "You're saying that she has a virus that I wasn't aware of?"

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During the moment viewers usually make a dash for the refrigerator, the Emmy Awards tried to keep them in front of their screens.

As TV academy president Maury McIntyre was touting the organization's community works and educational efforts, he led Sofia Vergara to a platform and turned on a switch that had the "Modern Family" actress rotating as he spoke.

A smiling Vergara vamped and preened in her white gown as McIntyre rattled on.

The blowback on social media was immediate, with several comments suggesting Vergara was being objectified and the bit was sexist.

The actress disputed that backstage.

"It's absolutely the opposite," she said. "It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself and work and enjoy and make money."

Vergara also said she knows who started the negative comments.

"I know who she was, has no sense of humor and should lighten up a little bit," she said.

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"I am so hungry." -- Aaron Paul after "Breaking Bad" wins the night's final Emmy award and he can finally go eat.

-- Sandy Cohen: APSandy



Every Emmy winner has to sign for their statuette, but only two winners added happy faces beside their names: Stephen Colbert and Aaron Paul.