Top 5 Emmy Moments

1. Thinking outside the airtight glass box

Backstage at Emmys: Winners & Smokers

Par for the course, some winners spoke too long onstage and got the hook – in the form of exit music – after winning their Emmys on Sunday night, but backstage at the Shrine Auditorium the stars could take their time having their say or even lighting up.

Mariska, Kiefer Score First-Time Emmys

Sunday’s 58th annual Emmy Awards ceremony was a big night for first-time winners. After three nominations, Mariska Hargitay finally won her first Emmy, as leading actress in the dramatic series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

“When I named my son August, I had no idea that the month would end like this!” said the thrilled Hargitay – who, with husband Peter Hermann, welcomed their first child on June 28.

Conan to Sex Up the Emmys

Late Night poobah Conan O’Brien, who is getting ready to host the 58th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, talks to PEOPLE about fatherhood (daughter Neve is 2 and son Beckett is 9 months), taking over Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show gig (he starts in 2009) and his Emmys hosting strategy.

Emmy Wins Predicted for Grey's, The Office

Although FOX’s 24 is up for more awards (12 in total), ABC’s 11-times-nominated medical drama Grey’s Anatomy is favored to win best dramatic series at Sunday’s 58th annual Emmy Awards.

They Said What? All Emmys Edition!

• “That’s what people really want to see. They want to see a host responding to Doris Roberts’s dress catching fire. And I have a plan for that. I have a torch.”
Conan O’Brien, on coming back to host this year’s Emmys since his last turn at the podium in 2002

• “It’s tough when people are celebrated or become famous before they grow into themselves as an actor and as a human being…I’m just incredibly lucky to be so unpopular and uninteresting for so long.”
Jeremy Piven, on getting a supporting actor nod for Entourage

Emmys' Top 5 Surprises

Emmy Nominee: Kyra Sedgwick

Playing sugar-loving L.A. detective Brenda Johnson on the TNT drama The Closer gave Kyra Sedgwick a kick-start in her career after taking time off to raise her kids – Travis, 17, and Sosie, 14 – with husband Kevin Bacon. Now the Golden Globe nominee has also earned an Emmy nod for her quirky role. recently caught up with Sedgwick, 40, about the secret of her 18-year marriage’s success, how she stays centered and her need for a chocolate fix.

Emmy Nominee: Denis Leary

It’s tough work but fighting fires has been kind to Denis Leary. The actor has garnered a loyal following and his first Emmy nomination with his FX show Rescue Me, now in its second season. PEOPLE recently caught up with Leary, 48, who gave the inside scoop on how real those onscreen fires really are, his son following him into showbiz and why kids’ movies make him cool.