The Latest: Emmys gridlock moves from red carpet to theater

The Latest on the Emmy Awards, which are being presented Sunday in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

A half an hour to showtime, the Microsoft Theater lobby is suffering a serious case of gridlock as people begin to scramble for seats while others gobble down boxes of popcorn they picked up at one of the concession stands.

While the big screens above the stage that will show the broadcast display trivia questions, an anonymous voice interrupts the endless jazz pop soundtrack playing in the theater to repeat every minute or two, “Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats, the show will begin shortly.”

— John Rogers

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4:35 p.m.

Men’s fashions at awards shows tend to be pretty staid, but “This Is Us'” star Chris Sullivan has upped the ante by sporting both a top hat and cane on the Emmys red carpet Sunday.

Sullivan mugged for the cameras with the cane, but the top hat was a late addition to his wardrobe. Sullivan says he spotted it in a shop on Saturday and said, “This is happening.”

His “This Is Us” co-star Ron Cephas Jones arrived in a white tuxedo jacket and left his bow tie undone as he posed for photographers.

One of the more colorful men’s fashion choices came from one of the younger “Stranger Things” stars, Caleb McLaughlin, who wore a purple tuxedo jacket.

— Sandy Cohen, @APSandy on Twitter

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4:15 p.m.

It’s less than an hour to showtime, and the Microsoft Theater resembles a ghost town as celebrities ignore the requests from security guards to move inside, choosing instead to stop and chat with friends, family and each other.

Anthony Anderson embraces a friend warmly after wrapping up a red carpet interview with the cast of “black-ish” while nearby William H. Macy and wife Felicity Huffman pose for cellphone photos with friends. “Oh come on, get in the photo,” Huffman says to a friend who tries to step aside when an official red carpet photographer joins the shoot.

Those who make it inside are greeted by what is essentially a giant cocktail lounge.

Attendees are standing in lines a dozen or more deep, hoping to grab a quick drink before heading for their seats. Bottled water that was free outside is going for $5 a pop at the theater lounge.

— John Rogers

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4 p.m.

The biggest traffic jam in Los Angeles might be on the Emmy red carpet.

Stars were gridlocked Sunday on their way into the auditorium with just over an hour to go until the show started.

In the crowd…

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