- Associated Press - Monday, August 30, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After being on his feet for three hours hosting the Emmy Awards, Jimmy Fallon couldn’t sit down.

He stayed upright accepting hugs and congratulations from a steady stream of well-wishers Sunday night at the post-show Governors Ball, including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker.

“He did great,” Fey said of her former co-star on “Saturday Night Live.”

The ball was the first stop on the night’s party circuit for many guests, who walked from the Nokia Theatre across the street to the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The football field-sized ballroom was decorated to the theme of “Starry, Starry Night,” with thousands of tiny mirror balls dangling from the ceiling. A 565-pound disco ball encased in a glittering sun sculpture hung above the musicians, while giant glowing spheres representing each sign of the zodiac circled the dance floor.

Tucked inside the dinner menu was a list of zodiac signs, the nominees born under each of them, and characteristics of the signs.

Partygoers dined on dungeness crab salad, rack of lamb with dried fruit crumble and dark chocolate decadence with smoked fleur de sel on a chewy fudge brownie. They washed it down with 4,416 bottles of red and white wine, champagne, and vodka cocktails.

Among the 3,600 celebrities and other invitees dining in close quarters were Wanda Sykes, Lily Tomlin, John Lithgow, Glenn Close and daughter Annie Starke, and Rainn Wilson of “The Office.”

Tomlin’s table had two empty seats, indicating the absence of George Clooney and his Italian girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, who were no-shows after he received the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.

Emily Deschanel of “Bones” walked into the vast space with a cell phone clamped to her ear as the Valli Boys sang “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” from high atop a podium above the Impluse Orchestra.

The musicians played such classics as “Route 66” and “Girl From Ipanema” during dinner, then gave way to current hits “Poker Face” and “I Gotta Feeling” that drew several partygoers to the circular dance floor surrounding the orchestra.

“I got a feeling. Do you have a feeling?” nominee Mariska Hargitay jokingly asked her friends.

Fey, a nominee and creator of “30 Rock,” dug into her rack of lamb, a glass of white wine next to her plate.

Nearby, Fey’s “30 Rock” castmates Jack McBrayer, Judah Friedlander, Scott Adsit and Katrina Bowden shared a table. Friedlander, whose character Frank wears trucker hats, topped his dressy clothes with a black hat reading “Best Undressed” in white letters.

Approached by a reporter, a smiling McBrayer said, “I’m a little tipsy,” and hurried away.

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