LOS ANGELES -- Perched atop 5-inch heels, Julianna Margulies stood sipping a glass of blush wine while accepting a wave of congratulations and hugs from well-wishers. She soon plucked her Emmy statuette from the table and handed it to her hubby to carry.
Margulies' cream dress fit right in with the theme for the official after-party of the 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards -- black and white with a touch of gold. She earned her golden trophy as best actress in a drama series for "The Good Wife." Celebrating with Margulies was co-star Christine Baranski.
Partygoers at the Governors Ball craned their heads to watch a woman perform an aerial act in the upper reaches of the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday night. Living art performers dressed in black-and-white were perched on pedestals. Black-and-white carpet lined the path to the sprawling party space decorated in the theme of mod illusions.
About 1,200 servers wearing temporary facial tattoos bobbed and weaved among the crowded tables carrying drinks and dinner. The stars dined on an heirloom tomato salad sandwiched between grilled asparagus and fried gold potatoes, filet mignon accompanied by baby carrots, cipollini onions and white-cheddar macaroni gratin. Dessert was a milk chocolate brownie, chocolate blackberry cream, blackberry macaroons and chocolate rice crisps with honey sauce.
They washed everything down with wine, champagne and specialty vodka cocktails, including one dubbed The Emmy with orange-flavored vodka, grapefruit juice, agave syrup and ginger ale.
Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory," who won as lead actor in a comedy series, posed for photos with all comers. Nominee Laura Linney of "The Big C" leaned in to hear the conversation at her table as the Impulse Orchestra kept the music hopping and the Motown Quartet sang.
Christina Hendricks and John Slattery of "Mad Men" celebrated their show's fourth consecutive victory as best drama series, while former "Friends" Matt LeBlanc chatted nearby. A bespectacled Andy Samberg of "Saturday Night Live" held court across the room, while all over people texted madly on their phones oblivious to the party in full swing around them.
Judah Friedlander of "30 Rock," whose character Frank wears trucker hats, sported a black hat reading "World Champion" in sparkly letters.
Some partygoers helped themselves to multiple boxes of truffle pops featuring raspberry red velvet, triple chocolate orange liqueur and chocolate almond to take home.