HBO's competitors may have been smiling Monday morning, given ABC's dent in the cable network's usual awards domination, but for the Ministry's purposes? No one parties like HBO.
Lighting up a rather predictable party circuit for the Emmys, HBO took over the Pacific Design Center's outdoor courtyard, transforming it into a floral and fiery tableau for famous folks. And that's without considering Alan Cumming's pants.
A newly single Joe Manganiello ducked in to greet his "True Blood" employers before heading home for an early call time (presumably on the just-started "Magic Mike"). He passed by HBO talent, including the boys of "Entourage," Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon and Rex Lee, toasting their final season.
Mark Wahlberg made a show-stopping entrance, halting conversation for the likes of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, John Stamos and Amanda Peet.
Olivia Munn made nice with rapper Kid Cudi as anchor Maria Menounos circulated in a gorgeous Ungaro gown, smiling at Lisa Bonet with her "Conan the Barbarian" man Jason Moma, who earned the HBO invite flexing his mojo as Khal Drogo in "Game of Thrones."
In the "Huh?" category, the notoriously rowdy Paz de la Huerta had the right measurements in a pink strapless gown but accented that with confounding, cadaver-colored lips and a mess of black hair. Likewise, Cumming hosted his own party -- on a floral, embroidered pair of harem pants.
Luckily the lovely Claire Danes was a palate cleanser. And for dessert? Scott Caan and a tall brunet were spotted driving off into the night just after the stroke of midnight.
— Matt Donnelly
Photos: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer work the red carpet, top, at HBO's 2011 Emmy after-party. Paz de la Heurta, bottom left, gets, um, avant-garde with hair and makeup, while Alan Cumming's pants simply win. Credits: Kristian Dowling / Associated Press, top; Michael Buckner / Getty Images, left; Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times, right.