GREY’S ANATOMY: ON THE MEND
The Grey’s Anatomy cast snagged the SAG award for best ensemble in a drama—as their offscreen drama followed them. As best-actress winner Chandra Wilson said in her acceptance speech: “It’s all about those 10 cast members sitting over there and the other one in rehab.” The “other one,” of course, was Isaiah Washington, who touched off a firestorm of controversy when he allegedly used an antigay epithet against costar T.R. Knight last fall. Fresh from spending a few days in an in-house counseling program—he announced Jan. 24 he would seek treatment—Washington stayed home for the awards. (He will continue attending counseling sessions and plans to return to the set on Feb. 1.) For castmates at the awards, “there’s a little bit of awkwardness,” costar Katherine Heigl told PEOPLE. “I’m here,” was Knight’s only comment; an ABC rep firmly denied a rumor he’s quitting the show. The Grey’s gang stuck close as they happily celebrated their win and Wilson’s: “Look, with this skin and this nose and this height and these arms I’m here!” she declared in her exuberant speech. “We’re doing very well,” she said later of recovering from the on-set rift. “We’re past it.” Well, not every one. “I have high hopes that [counseling] will help” Washington, said Heigl. “But I’m one of those people who has the attitude of ‘We’ll see.'”
“Party all the time! Party all the time!” As Eddie Murphy entered the Shrine Auditorium, fans belted out the chorus of his hit 1985 single. Call it the unofficial theme song of Jan. 28’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, where stars honored the year’s best performances—and proved they know how to let loose.
DIETS BE DAMNED!
Before walking down the red carpet, Katherine Heigl pulled up to a McDonald’s drive-through window with fiancé Josh Kelley. “I managed to not get any Big Mac on my dress,” she said. Mary-Louise Parker’s preshow snack? “I’m really into peanut M&Ms,” said the Weeds star, who found that champagne complements the candy perfectly.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
After leading the San Antonio Spurs to an overtime victory over the L.A. Lakers, Tony Parker raced across town to join fiancée Eva Longoria. Julia Louis-Dreyfus had more time to kill. To avoid traffic, “we left especially early, sat in the car and read the newspaper for an hour in the parking lot!”
IT’S OKAY TO FREAK OUT IN FRONT OF AN ICON
A giddy Christian Slater was “thrilled!” to breathe the same air as Carol Burnett and Life Achievement honoree Julie Andrews at the ceremony. “When they were sitting at their table, I accosted them.”
BOASTING IS WELCOME
“I actually posed for” the SAG statuette, Rainn Wilson joked backstage. “I was the buttocks model for The Actor.” At the PEOPLE/EIF afterparty, Vanessa Williams introduced singer John Legend, telling the crowd they’ve hung out in Brazil together. Quipped her Ugly Betty costar Eric Mabius: “She’s always bragging.”
Jamie Foxx, Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo later went to a bash at Ago hosted by the Weinstein Company. Kiefer Sutherland also stopped by. The following was predicted to take place between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.: “The 24 group usually closes down parties,” said Kim Raver of her 24 costars (nominated as outstanding drama ensemble). “We stay up until breakfast.”
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