Trophies optional at SAG Awards after party

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After winning big at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the stars of “Modern Family” and “The King’s Speech” celebrated in the parking lot next to the Shrine Auditorium.

That’s where the show’s official after party was held, a tent transforming it into a cozy lavender lounge, with pale purple carpets underfoot and drapes overhead. Situated just outside the ceremony, the annual after party sponsored by People magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation is typically the first post-show stop for SAG Awards winners and nominees.

“The King’s Speech” cast, including Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, popped by briefly after their best ensemble win. Each carried an Actor trophy, and Firth had two (he also won best actor for his role as the stuttering King George IV in the film). Meanwhile, the cast of TV’s “Modern Family” commanded a corner of the party, where they celebrated their comedy-ensemble victory.

“It’s a validation,” said Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron Tucker on the show. “It’s voted on by actors for actors.”

The cast had a night of partying planned, he said, as he and co-star Sofia Vergara headed off to another celebration. But show patriarch Ed O’Neill stuck around, chatting with colleagues and posing for photos with well-wishers.

Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty greeted friends nearby.

The kids of “Glee” partied with the principal as the show’s cast celebrated their best-ensemble nomination together. Kevin McHale, who plays wheelchair-bound Artie, danced for co-stars Amber Riley and Heather Morris. Matthew Morrison blew kisses to Jane Lynch, whose lavender gown matched the party’s decor.

Guests danced to a DJ and live band and munched on macaroni and cheese, veggies and mini-desserts.

Julianna Margulies, who won best actress in a drama for her role on TV’s “The Good Wife,” took on the party without her 12-pound trophy.

“I gave it to Patrick Stewart,” she joked as she breezed by holding her husband’s hand.

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