Rambling Reporter: Emmy Edition

GOVERNORS BALL AT THE L.A. CONVENTION CENTER: 9:45 p.m. Breaking Bad winner Aaron Paul stood at the center of a gathering of well-wishers still in disbelief. "I can't believe it. I really wanted Giancarlo [Esposito] to win," he said, toting his Emmy around for the remainder of the evening. Minutes later, Homeland co-creator Alex Gansa looked at his two statues -- one for writing the pilot, the other for drama series -- on the table and said, "Can you believe these are mine? I can't believe these are mine." Also at the table: Showtime's ecstatic entertainment chief David Nevins and Homeland co-creator Howard Gordon, joined by his wife and daughter. Meanwhile, Mayim Bialik was mesmerized by the violin trio.

10:30 p.m. Emmy winners Jon Stewart, Damian Lewis and the Modern Family clan greeted each other while other nominees -- Mad Men's Christina Hendricks and Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes -- joined them in a lengthy wait for their cars during Emmy's great equalizing rite of passage.



10 p.m. Homeland winner Claire Danes and her husband, Hugh Dancy, broke from their conversation with Modern Family's Ty Burrell to connect later and celebrate with Danes' mother. Danes and Dancy, along with other 20th TV winners including Sofia Vergara and Sarah Hyland, would make their way to HBO's ever-crowded bash.

10:15 p.m. A bubbly Ryan Murphy made his rounds with American Horror Story Emmy winner Jessica Lange on his arm. Earlier in the evening, she told the award show audience that Murphy had made her "more promises than any man I'd met before. And they all came to pass."

Other sightings: Mindy Kaling, nominee Zooey Deschanel, David Arquette and Glee's Chord Overstreet.



10 p.m. Breaking Bad guest star nominee Mark Margolis appeared openly irritated that fans wanted his signature upon his arrival. He grumbled that he was going to be late to the party but still signed a few. An hour later, that gaggle of fans greeted Hendricks and her actor-husband, Geoffrey Arend, with similar excitement. One shouted: "Geoffrey is the luckiest guy in the world!"

11:30 p.m. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner -- bow tie undone, drink in hand -- seemed more at peace with his show's disappointing evening, telling one partygoer he still had "two more chances to win." Star Jon Hamm appeared more glum, while Breaking Bad creator and drama directing nominee Vince Gilligan opted to depart the fete early. "I'm not used to all these events," he said. "I have to be in the writers' room early tomorrow!"

Other sightings: AHS nominee Connie Britton, nominee Bryan Cranston and Jessica Pare.



10:50 p.m. "If you can't win a statue, look like a statue," supporting actress nominee Christine Baranski, wearing a gold-sparkle minidress, said to Emmy-winning Game Change EP Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson as they posed for pictures together. Later in the evening, Amanda Peet, wife of Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff, lifted up her Emmy gown to reveal black Converse sneakers before greeting Jack McBrayer.

12 a.m. Vergara hit the dance floor with her fiance Nick Loeb, who sat down to play the drums when Gloria Estefan's 1980s dance song "Conga" started to play. The nominated Modern Family actress proceeded to stand on top of a chair and dance as dozens took photos with their phones. In a nearby ladies' restroom, lead comedy actress winner and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was dealing with her second wardrobe malfunction (Stephen Colbert needed to help her from the stage) of the night. "I need all of you guys inside the stall to help me with my zipper!" she was overheard telling friends.

Other sightings: Alexander Skarsgard, James Gandolfini and Seth MacFarlane (with Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke).



12:05 a.m. Ellen DeGeneres, John Krasinski and Jimmy Kimmel Live head writer (and Kimmel's fiancee) Molly McNearney hit the dance floor while partygoers Jon Cryer and Aziz Ansari mingled by the bar. Nearby, Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet gave dressed-down Lakers star Kobe Bryant a hug. Later in the evening, Family co-star Julie Bowen had the NBA captain in hysterics.

12:35 a.m. A drained Kimmel stood by the bar as guests including Bowen, Martha Plimpton and longtime pals Bill Simmons and Adam Carolla came over to congratulate him. Elsewhere in the patio area, Emmy winner Lewis joined Burrell and Mad Men's Ben Feldman and Rich Sommer for a chat. Britton, Vergara and Paul were among the steady stream of guests still arriving about 1 a.m.

Other sightings: Nathan Fillion, Kathy Griffin, Portia De Rossi and Lena Dunham.