‘Veep,’ ‘Thrones’ stars celebrate Emmy wins at HBO party
LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO was on fire at the Emmys with a record 14 wins Sunday night, and the network’s stars appropriately celebrated at a flame-filled after-party following the ceremony.
“Veep” co-stars and Emmy champs Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale posed for photos — including selfies — underneath a mammoth rotating fire sculpture erected outside the Pacific Design Center. The leading comedy actress and supporting comedy actor winners were all smiles despite the sweltering heat at the outdoor soiree.
“Is it hot enough? I don’t think it’s hot enough,” joked Louis-Dreyfus to Hale and Emmy nominee Kerry Washington.
Louis-Dreyfus later clapped along as the event’s Latin-flavored house band covered the Buster Poindexter rendition of “Hot Hot Hot” while partygoers noshed on dishes like corn tortellini and beet and quinoa salad.
On the other side of the fiery event, “Game of Thrones” cast and crew such as Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie and Sophie Turner celebrated their fantasy show’s four wins Sunday after earlier winning eight statuettes at the creative arts Emmys. Maisie Williams was the most comfortable of the clan, swapping stilettos for sneakers underneath her pink gown.
“Grrrrrr,” the 18-year-old actress grunted while posing for photos with her well-worn kicks.
Other nominees holding court underneath the party’s blazing centerpiece included “Girls” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Adam Driver and “The Newsroom” leading man Jeff Daniels.
Later in the evening, Emmy winner Hale joined his “Veep” co-star Anna Chlumsky on the party’s dance floor, where the pair grooved to a DJ spinning dance tunes alongside bongo players. “Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch briefly boogied nearby before returning to hang out with his cast mates.
Other attendees at the HBO after-party included Alan Cumming, Billy Eichner, James Corden, Derek Hough, Kate McKinnon and Viola Davis, who chatted at a table with Niecy Nash late into the night as Davis’ new Emmy stood guard.
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