You know you've reached the end of the night when the press sessions with the winners get shorter and shorter.
Actually, you know it's the end of the night when the show starts rolling credits, but the work going on backstage continues -- at least until the after-party begins.
Just a few questions -- three or four at the most -- then the stage is cleared and up comes another winner.
Here comes James Spader ... oh wait, no sorry -- now it's Conan O'Brien -- boy, that was fast ... hey, it's Tina Fey and the cast of "30 R--" -- say, isn't that Steve Schirripa?
In fact, the only people at this stage taking their time are the members of the press, dutifully asking very detailed questions.
The only question anybody wants an answer to at this stage is "Where is the bar?" And: "What happened in the Chargers-Patriots game?"
an important question.
Good night, everybody.