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Emmy stars and winners celebrate at HBO afterparty.

posted 19 Sept 2011, 04:02 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 19 Sept 2011, 04:07 ]

Emmy stars grace the exclusive Emmy after party hosted by U.S. cable channel HBO.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 18, 2011) REUTERS - The stars came out in force to celebrate their Emmy wins at the exclusive HBO after party in West Hollywood on Tuesday (September 18).

HBO shows "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones" and "Mildred Pierce" scooped numerous awards throughout the night. "Game of Thrones" actor Peter Dinklage, who plays the calculating Tyrian Lannister, was surprised by his Emmy win for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

"It's a big odd, yeah, it's a bit surreal, but it's fun and I love the show I work on, so it's good to represent something that you love doing," Dinklage said.

Dinklage's "Game of Thrones" co-star, Jason Momoa, who has had a big year himself after playing the lead in the summer film "Conan the Barbarian," couldn't wait to go into the party to congratulate his co-star.

"It's awesome dude. Exactly, I'm, I'm going to tackle him. I love Peter so I'm really really happy for him, so I'm going to go in there right now," Momoa said.

Oscar-winner Melissa Leo turned up to lend her star power to the awards, and she found herself seated in-between "Mildred Pierce" winners Guy Pearce and Kate Winslet. She was especially moved by Winslet's reaction to winning the Best Actress in a Miniseries award.

"I'm just so pleased and proud for them, and I felt Kate's genuine excitement and surprise and everything sitting just behind her there. It's really, a really really lovely evening," Leo said.

"Mildred Pierce" best supporting actor Guy Pearce also found his win to be surreal, calling it "strange."

"I don't really know how to process them to be honest so it feels fantastic and exciting and it's an honor and it's really delightful to be, you know, sort of tapped on the shoulder by your peers and stuff, so it feels lovely but it's just strange," Pearce said.

U.S. network CBS also had a big night, with their hit comedy sitcom "Modern Family" taking five big wins including Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Outstanding Comedy Series. While "Modern Family's" Colombian beauty Sofia Vergara schmoozed the carpet, her co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who comprises one half of the show's gay family unit, commented on how talented the "Modern Family" actors and staff are.

"They're funny people. I work with really funny, that's what makes my job so exciting because everyday, I know I'm going to go in and laugh and I know I'm going to feel really good about the work I did at the end of the day," Ferguson said.

Ferguson then headed in to join fellow stars of the small screen as the HBO party swung into full flow, to celebrate television's finest talent.