Statuette Frenzy

updated 09/14/1992 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/14/1992 AT 01:00 AM EDT

YOU BET THERE'S A SPECIAL EXCITEMENT the first time you attend the Emmys in person. Just ask Jason Alexander, who plays the star's hapless sidekick on Seinfeld. "I kept going, 'What am I doing here?' " says Alexander, a nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. "I should be home with rolled-up socks, throwing them at the TV set."

This year home viewers may have been tempted to throw something heavier. Long of ramble and short of wit—one half-baked potato(e) joke goes a long way—the 44th Annual Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif., nonetheless had something for everybody. Often it was an Emmy. Before the day was over, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences had handed out an astounding 58—although only 30 of the awards were televised.

For the celebs, the postshow parties spelled relief. At the Governor's Ball, presenter Rosie O'Donnell immediately removed the killer heels she'd been wearing. "In some Third World countries," she moaned, "they use these as torture."

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