It was a night of big surprises -- ABC's "Desperate Housewives" lost part of its Emmy hype while drama "Lost" found its Emmy stride -- and myriad after-parties around town saw stunned winners proudly clutching their trophies and others looking, well, a little lost.
"I feel amazed, elated and shocked," Wisteria Lane's underdog winner Felicity Huffman (search) told The Associated Press just after entering the TV Guide soiree at the Roosevelt Hotel.
Huffman, who earlier exchanged hugs with fellow best comedy actress nominee and popular pick Teri Hatcher (search), graciously talked to throngs of admirers and added that she and her co-stars were "all deserving of this." "Desperate Housewives," embracing massive praise its first year, lost out as outstanding comedy series to "Everybody Loves Raymond," which ended last season after nine years.
"I don't think anyone expected Felicity to win, but I think it's appropriate she did. And she made one of the best speeches I've heard," said "Desperate Housewives" hunk Jesse Metcalfe.
Huffman's husband William H. Macy (search), whom she thanked emotionally in her acceptance speech, didn't think the honor came as a surprise at all.
"I'm over the moon. You know, I thought she would win," he said, his arm encircling his wife's waist as she showed off the trophy, her first Emmy.
Even Hatcher seemed gracious, yet brief, about her own loss.
"It was a fabulous night, a great time for everybody," she said as she rushed out the door.
At the hotel's posh Tropicana Bar -- a covered outside pool area surrounded by palm trees -- attendees in fancy frocks let loose as rapper Missy Elliott performed a sassy and beat-heavy set of songs.
Even Elliott offered a surprise, however: a cast on her leg due to an Achilles tendon torn while dancing, which will be operated on next week.
"I love L.A. so much that they wanted me to cancel the show and I said, 'No way!"' the crutches-bound musician told the packed, screaming audience.
While "Entourage" nominee and fierce up-and-comer Jeremy Piven (search) -- who lost out to "Everybody Loves Raymond" comedian Brad Garrett -- stood on a chair to cheer on Elliott, he also showed signs of a foul mood, yelling at a reporter and acting more like his character, ruthless agent Ari Gold.
His publicist, Siri Garver, said Piven was peeved because of a skirmish over getting his sister into the party, and also being driven to the hotel at a snail's pace in a golf cart.
"Scrubs" actor Zach Braff (search), who lost in the lead actor in a comedy series category to "Monk" star Tony Shalhoub, refused to answer questions inside the bash, and wandered around holding hands with his sweetie, singer-actress Mandy Moore.
The cast members of "Lost" seemed the most comfortable, if surprised, stars of the night. The dark drama about plane crash survivors on a remote island beat out heavy hitters "24" and "The West Wing."
"Woo! We had no idea we would win. I can't get this freakin' smile off my face," said Josh Holloway, who plays handsome troublemaker Sawyer on the series. He noted he had been "giving up again" on finding work before "Lost" came along.
Over at HBO's lavish Moroccan themed bash at the Pacific Design Center, "Lost" hero Matthew Fox (search) feasted on couscous and curried vegetables and mused about the surprise win. An ice blue tent and temple-like display dominated the outdoor shindig, with waiters wearing Moroccan-inspired white attire.
"No, I didn't expect this to happen. Historically, shows do not win the Emmy in their first year," Fox said with a firm look. "I've been very selective about what roles I've decided to take, from 'Party of Five' to 'Lost."'
At People Magazine and "Entertainment Tonight's" party at the Mondrian Hotel, the dance floor shook well past 1 a.m.
Earlier, Maybelline had provided a beauty bar for guests, attending to the makeup needs of such starlets as Eva Langoria and fellow "Desperate Housewives" star Brenda Strong, according to spokeswoman Liz Shevlin.
And the night, more about praising skill than hype, could be summed up with these words, spoken at HBO's party to actor Jason Olive by "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" winner Geoffrey Rush:
"'Be true to your art,' he told me."