Huddled with reporters after the show, the former "Law & Order" star joked that she occasionally keeps a $20 bill down the front of her shirt.
Winning best drama, "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams refused to divulge any news on last season's cliffhangers, even as the show gears up for its second season.
"Our goal is to frustrate the hell out of you," Abrams said.
"To get this award right now, right before our second season kicks off, it's incredibly exciting and puts us in a really good spot," said "Lost's" Matthew Fox. The ABC show beat four-time winner "The West Wing'" and HBO's "Deadwood" to snag the evening's most coveted prize.
"Its sort of a wish fulfillment thing," said Abrams, describing the secret of the show's success. "Everyone wonders, 'What would happen to me if I were on an island like this? Could I survive?' Then, there's the mystery of what's happening on the island. Ultimately, though, it's these characters and the actors who portray them that make people come to the TV every week."
Tony Shalhoub offered a much simpler, but far more bizarre theory to explain the success of "Monk," which netted him his second Emmy for best actor as TV's most neurotic crime fighter.
"It's because Monk is such an irritating character, people can relate to that," Shalhoub said. "Everyone at some point in their life feels like they're annoying to someone else."
Stars are only asking for trouble if they predict winning an award, but "Medium" star Patricia Arquette had to address her psychic abilities after winning for best actress in a drama, beating out Glenn Close, Frances Conroy, Jennifer Garner and Mariska Hargitay.
"My psychic abilities said that I had a 99 percent chance of not winning," said Arquette, "and I was fine with that."