THR staffers are on the scene at all the A-List parties celebrating TV's biggest night.
TV stars and network execs took over the red carpets leading up to Sunday night's Emmy awards. THR's team went past the velvet rope to take you inside this year's hottest events (see the complete party guide here).
Below is a rundown of all the action.
Players: Stars, Execs, Producers — mainly winners from Big Little Lies and The Night Of
Location: The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center
Served: A buffet of Asian-inspired dishes, salads, chicken, fish, cavatelli in an herbed cream sauce and grilled vegetables.
Inside Dish: On his way from Downtown's Microsoft Theater to the Pacific Design Center, The Night Of winner Riz Ahmed handed one of the cops managing traffic his Emmy to check out.
At the party, splashes were made of big winners Nicole Kidman and John Oliver, each arriving with two Emmys in hand, as a bevy of stars (Big Little Lies' Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern — who both attended with their children Ava Elizabeth Phillippe as well as Jaya Harper and Ellery Walker Harper, respectively — and Alexander Skarsgard, David E. Kelley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Westworld's Thandie Newton, Veep showrunner David Mandel who sat with star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Debra Messing, Jessica Biel, Larry David, SNL winner Lindsay Shookus and boyfriend Ben Affleck, James Marsden, Laverne Cox, Jaime King, Sofia Vergara, Jon Hamm, Richard Schiff, Silicon Valley’s Suzanne Cryer, Jason Mantzoukas and a few Los Angeles Clippers), execs (HBO chief Richard Plepler, programming president Casey Bloys,), reps and more mingled late into the evening.
"I love that [our wins] were across different categories," Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter.
"For us, going into the season, I knew I wanted to get it right. We thought it would be the biggest election of our lifetime and we wanted to be in the middle of it," said Lorne Michaels when asked whether he thought it was a coincidence that SNL, Veep and Handmaid's Tale wins were all politically-charged. "We lived week to week and it was one of those years where the cast just rose to any challenge; the writing staff did; and the design team did. No one said, 'We've only got two hours.' The president just did this and we have to change it … . This is a group that was united and all of one mind and everybody sacrificed and supported each other. That's the best you ever get when you do the kind of show like this."
The Asian-themed decor (aside from the food, the space was lit up with intricate shapes and decor included dancing pagoda vibrant print walls) had attendees speculating about whether the next season of Westworld venture into Asian territory.
On the night's big winner, Bloys adds, "The Handmaid's Tale is a great show and they deserve it." Yet, looking ahead to the 2018 Emmys, all eyes will be on HBO's Game of Thrones vs. Handmaid's Tale. Said Bloys: "Who knows! Game of Thrones and Westworld are coming back. I think drama will be another good competition. We'll see!"
Players: Margaret Atwood; Emmy winners Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd with the entire Handmaid's Tale cast
Spread: Sliders and rose macaroons
"Historic." That's the word of the night at Hulu's Emmy party at Otium on downtown L.A. Hulu head of originals Beatrice Springborn tells THR she lost her peripheral vision when The Handmaid's Tale — which she developed — became the first streaming show to win best drama, beating competition from Netflix and its $6 billion originals budget. "It feels historic and that we did it with my favorite writer, Margaret Atwood, is amazing."
Cloaked Handmaid's lined the entrance to the party, which filled up rapidly ahead of the cast and creative team's arrival from the Governor's Ball. Springborn says the "wheels are rolling on season two" of Handmaid's, though she offered a fun "TBD" on facing off with Game of Thrones at the 2018 Emmys. Hulu senior vp Craig Erich called the win “a defining moment for the company” and newly appointed content chief Joel Stillerman said he was “proud to be a small, peripheral part” of the show, which was developed before he arrived at the streamer.
Actor Jon Hamm stopped by the party, arriving after Chief Content Officer Joel Stillerman, who left AMC for Hulu. "I'd work with him again in a heartbeat," Hamm said of the victorious chief of the streaming service. According to Stillerman, who sees similarities between his time at AMC and now at Hulu, "The trick is to take advantage of all the momentum."
"Down!" That's actress in drama series winner Elisabeth Moss' immediate plans for where she plans to put her pair of Emmy statuettes. The actress, who couldn't go two feet at the jam-packed party, was hauling a pair of heavy trophies with her as she worked her way inside the festivities where longtime friend and former co-star Hamm was waiting.
The Mad Men grad, who won his fair share of Emmy gold, told THR he texted Moss immediately after she won for best drama actress. "I congratulated her and then told her to get right back out there because I had a feeling the show would win, too." Hamm — who watched the ceremony from home — said he jumped for joy when Moss took home her first-ever Emmy.
Winner Ann Dowd had already slipped off her shoes by the time well-wishers swarmed to congratulate her inside the party. The actress, who was recognized for her work as Aunt Lydia in the dystopian drama, was still clutching her Emmy (and was still barefoot) when she made an early exit. Another guest who drew big crowds was Handmaid’s Tale author Atwood, who had received a standing ovation inside Microsoft Theater earlier that evening.
"We leaned into the theme of hope, which a lot of people were really looking for at the time. Regardless of the election, which clearly had some effect on the show, people were looking for the theme of hope and that was part of the universal theme that people really held on to," Springborn added. "The train is moving on season two and it's already being developed. But yes, next year so it will be eligible."
On the momentous win for the streaming service, Stillerman adds: "Streaming is the new way of life. To the extent that firsts are important, this is a big one for Hulu. We have our work cut out for us to continue to build the business. The world is clearly moving in a streaming direction and I'm glad we're among the few who have a nice head-start on it."
It was a festive mood throughout the evening, as several dance parties broke out among executives and talent. While CEO Mike Hopkins was savoring the wins, he told THR, “we’re just getting started.”
Bruce Miller also kept his festive mood going at the party, walking in carrying his two Emmys — one for best drama series and the other for outstanding writing, marking his first wins from his first nominations. "It's a little overwhelming," he tells THR. "I'm proud of my people, they worked so hard and threw themselves into the project from the very beginning. To see Elisabeth up there, having been nominated seven times, I'm so proud of all of them and the work that we did together. ... The most historic part of it is that it was done the way that you do all television: you try to tell a good, interesting story and Hulu embraced that. They didn't complicate it, they just put it on TV. The historic part is the stuff that we do is not changing that much."
Party: AMC, BBC, IFC
Players: AMC president Charlie Collier, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seahorn, Kim Dickens, Brandon K. Hampton, Jonathan Banks, Andrew Weitz and more.
Served: To start filet mignon, Chilean sea bass, Roku sushi, charred tuna tartare, goat cheese baklava, and a dessert spread with cheesecake and pina colada pops and late night snacks of hamburgers, fries, sweet potato fries and fish filet sandwiches.
Inside Dish: "I didn't go. I watched the end of it," Vince Gilligan admits to The Hollywood Reporter about not attending and watching this year's ceremony. (Better Call Saul was snubbed this year.) Another thing he admits to not watching is Handmaid's Tale, but he still congratulates his friend Elisabeth Moss. Says Gilligan, "We love Lizzie Moss. I was so happy for her. I'm sure it's a very worthy show that's all I hear from people." Says Collier, "It was a fun night. I'm happy for Lizzie. She's family."
Players: Uzo Aduba, Aniz Ansari, Millie Bobby Brown, Dave Chappelle, Matt & Ross Duffer, Laverne Cox, Claire Foy, Peter Gallagher, Isabella Gomez, Nolan Gould, Diane Guerrero, David Harbour, Jared Harris, Regina King, Nick Kroll, Shawn Levy, Danny Masterson, Gaten Matarazzo, Bill Nye, Matthew Rhys, Jason Ritter, Rico Rodriguez, Keri Russell, Noah Schnapp, Matt Smith, Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor, Vince Vaughn, Finn Wolfhard and Robin Wright
Spread: Food included Shake Shack burgers, sushi and taco bars, as well as desserts such as panna cotta and butterscotch pudding shots. Drinks were themed to Netflix's nominated series, including "The Upside Down" for Stranger Things and "Queen's Jubilee" for The Crown.
The stars of Master of None helped get the party started, buoyed by Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari's win for best writing in a comedy series. Waithe made a particularly triumphant entrance at the party when she arrived shortly after 10 p.m. with her Emmy in hand. She was immediately pulled into the center of the dance floor as tons of cheers and applause erupted around her. Her co-stars Ansari and Eric Wareheim and Master of None co-creator Alan Yang, were spotted shortly there after and the Stranger Things team came out in full force. Other revelers included Black Mirror showrunner Charlie Brooker and James Corden.
Party: Governors Ball
Players: Winners, nominees and guests who were brave enough to make the trek from the show to the after party
Place: Los Angeles Convention Center
Served: The over the top spread included everything from filet mignon to heirloom tomato quinoa salad and Emmy statuette-embossed chocolate truffles (and chocolates that look like geodes) all served by 600 waiters, 250 cooks, 27 chefs and 50 bartenders to keep the official after party going. But about that bubbly: More than 3,500 total bottles of Ferrari Trento were popped and 30,000 total glasses poured with the official bubbly of the Emmy Awards.
Inside Dish: The walk from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live to the Convention Center was a treacherous one especially for those teetering in high heels. Once the Emmy winners, nominees and guests entered the golden-themed bash they were greeted by more than 5,000 gold-colored, paper tubes hanging from the ceiling with a faux starry sky, while an all female quartet played pop hits (think: Michael Jackson and Journey) from a raised platform.
Before entering the ball, winners (including Riz Ahmed, Lena Waithe, Donald Glover) stopped by the engraving station to get their statuettes personalized. Once inside, in addition to the glitzy decor, there was a parked Audi, one of the show's sponsors, parked at the entrance of the oversized venue.
All elements of the soiree, including the decor, were environmentally friendly in some way making the golden Emmys party actually green. The "Golden Grandeur"-themed event headed up by Patina Catering and chef Joachim Splichal, featured a menu with heirloom tomato salad, pan roasted filet mignon and an Alunga brownie bar. Also being poured: Fiji.
Fiji was probably the beverage of choice for one special guest, 12-year-old Maddy Silbermann. She accompanied her father, ICM Partners managing partner Chris Silbermann, to the big show. "I liked all the speeches," Maddy tells THR. "I liked when Reese Witherspoon was speaking, and seeing Oprah." The uber agent was all smiles escorting his daughter around, gushing to THR that it was "the best." "I love it," he continues. "We get to be here together and experience it through her eyes and to share this with her is fantastic ... and I get to share it with my partner, Teddy." He's referring to Ted Chervin, who praises ICM Partners' client roster and standout winners like the "talented" Bruce Miller and Margaret Atwood. "It's really satisfying for us," Chervin notes. "Hopefully we continue to find great people and work really hard for them and then get out of their way and let them do what they do.” As for what the Silbermanns were about to do, Chris dishes that they may hit up one more party before they head back home to Santa Monica. Maddy has school Monday morning while dad has a 6 a.m. flight to New York City.
Players: Orville star Seth MacFarlane; Sarah Paulson; Homeland's Mandy Patinkin; Modern Family stars Sophia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet; and network execs Dana Walden and Gary Newman
Served: Fried chicken sliders with pimento cheese, shrimp po boys, lamb skewers, spinach and manchego empanadas, patatas bravas and jambalaya
Inside Dish: The stars of Modern Family were some of the first to arrive at the Fox party, which picked up as top execs including Gary Newman and Dana Walden filtered over from the nearby Governor's Ball. Walden snapped a picture with Tony winner Mandy Patinkin before lining up with Newman for shots with stars Paulson and MacFarlane.
Party: The Hollywood Reporter and SAG-AFTRA's Emmy Awards Nominee's Night
Players: This Is Us stars Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley and Gerald McRaney (already a winner for guest actor at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys), The Handmaid's Tale actresses Samira Wiley and Yvonne Strahovski, Veep's Tony Hale and Matt Walsh, Billy on the Street's Billy Eichner, Master of None's Lena Waithe, Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry, Shameless' William H. Macy and Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard and Gaten Matarazzo joined executives including Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan and AMC/Sundance TV president Charlie Collier, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt and NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, Showtime's David Nevins, Hulu programmer Craig Erwich, FX's Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Fox 21 TV Studios' Bert Salke and outgoing Fox president (and new AMC and Sundance TV progammer) David Madden, NBCUniversal cable exec Frances Berwick; showrunners in attendance included Modern Family's Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, Late Show With Stephen Colbert's Chris Licht (also a producer on Sunday's Emmys show, hosted by Colbert), Late Late Show With James Corden's Ben Winston, Atlanta's Paul Simms, as well as actors Frances Fisher, Michael K. Williams, Anne Heche and many more.
Place: Jean-Georges Beverly Hills
Served: Tuna tartare, mini sliders, avocado pizza, uni toast, mushroom spring roll, black truffle and fontina pizza, eggplant and manchego fritters, Dacore signature cocktails and plenty of wine
Inside Dish: The event, hosted by The Hollywood Reporter editorial director Matthew Belloni and SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, sponsored by American Airlines, Breguet and Dacor, served as the unofficial kickoff of Emmy festivities leading up to Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony.
DJ Myles Hendrik got the crowd going, spinning tunes ranging from Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Dr. Dre and Missy Elliott well into the evening.
Brown, who graces the cover of THR's Emmys issue with his This Is Us castmates, said he never expected the show to be a part of the awards conversation. The family drama is the first broadcast show to earn a best drama series nomination since The Good Wife in 2011. "The fact that we got a seat at the table for that party is really, really something special," he said. Brown, Metz and This Is Us co-star Justin Hartley joined the dance floor later in the night.
Stranger Things star Matthew Modine spent some quality time with the Netflix breakout's sprawling cast, including Joe Keery and Natalia Dyer, who took to the booth across from the DJ to step on the dance floor. Better Call Saul stars Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn and Patrick Fabian also stuck close together throughout the evening. (As did Handmaid's Tale stars Strahovski, Wiley and Brewer, who posed for several group photos.)
The American Airlines-sponsored photo booth drew stars including Brown, Henry, Wiley and her Handmaid's Tale co-star Madeline Brewer, who came together for a group photo.
Party: ICM Partners
Players: ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, casting head Ayo Davis, STX Entertainment president Sophie Watts, AMC/SundanceTV president Charlie Collier, Bill Lawrence, Vince Gilligan, Bill Pullman, Elisha Cuthbert, Charles Rivkin, Scott Foley, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, Jason Ritter, Marg Helgenberger, among others — and with the agency’s recent acquisition of Headline Media Management, newer clients including NFL Network’s Terrell Davis, who was recently inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Also making the rounds: ICM's Ted Chervin, Toni Howard and Carter Cohn (nursing a broken foot), Anonymous Content's Nicole Clemens, and John Singleton.
Place: Santa Monica home of agency managing partner Chris Silbermann
Served: A delicious spread of brunch staples including the back-by-popular-demand crispy chicken and waffles with sriracha maple syrup and pecan butter in walk-and-snack paper cones, lobster rolls, cauliflower soffritto, corn agnolotti, corn meal quiche, bacon, sausage, beet and lentil salad, grilled asparagus with lemon zest; out front juices were proffered (lemon ginger kombucha and watermelon) as well as a popular bar featuring beverages made using spirits from agency client Walton Goggins’ new Mulholland Distilling. "We're selling a lifestyle," the actor tells THR of the brand which offers vodka, gin and whiskey. "My partner and I have created something we hope people love inspired by our experience in L.A." So far, so good: Goggins adds the brand is now in Whole Foods and just got picked up by Young's Market. (Especially popular was the bloody mary bar with all the fixings, and it's a long list including celery, green and red Tobasco, Worchestire, horseradish, pickled okra, pickled beans, blistered shisitos, celery salt, pickled onions and pimento olives.)
Inside Dish: What's the one thing Silbermann wishes he would've known before agreeing to open up his home for an annual Emmy party? "How much work it is," smiles the uber agent, who managed to weave his way through the party all afternoon with ease, checking on colleagues, clients and even his own family. Speaking of, he tells THR that his Emmy date will be none other than his 12-year-old daughter Maddy. "It'll be nice," he gushes.
Brunch in Santa Monica @ ICM Partners' Chris Silbermann. Hot topics: Chix & waffles, Walton Goggins' spirits brand Mulholland w/Bloody Marys pic.twitter.com/6BJ5Ddpw9u— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) September 17, 2017
Party: BAFTA Los Angeles and BBC America TV Tea Party
Players: Evan Rachel Wood, Chrissy Metz, Tracee Ellis Ross, Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Tony Hale, Trace Lysette, Natalia Dyer, Shannon Purser, Gaten Matarazzo, Joe Keery, Justin Hartley, Rhea Seehorn, Michael K. Williams and BAFTA LA’s Chantal Rickards; plus guests who came after the ICM Partners brunch party including ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey and casting head Ayo Davis
Place: Beverly Hilton
Served: Traditional tea spread including English breakfast tea, coffee and the can’t miss English cucumber, roast beef and horseradish and chicken curry salad sandwiches as well as split scones with Devonshire cream and strawberry jams.
Inside Dish: Hotel staffers and security guards earned their paychecks on Saturday as the iconic hotel was bustling with business with a total of three events happening around the same time: BAFTA LA’s sharing the schedule with National Women’s History Museum’s 6th annual Women Making History Awards, and the 7th annual American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards. You'd never know it though by scanning the sophisticated, if not a bit tame, afternoon set of revelers who gathered on the recently-redesigned outdoor terrace, which was lined with BAFTA-approved gold masks and giant balloons spelling out the org's name. The event was supported by BBC America and the GREAT Britain Campaign.
Party: The Gersh Agency
Players: NBC brass Bob Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke, Fox's Bert Salke, Howard Kurtzman and Sharon Klein, ABC president Channing Dungey, Emmy nominees Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light (in chic gold glitter blazer), Allison Janney and Angela Bassett with fellow actors Debra Messing, Mandy Moore, Elizabeth Olsen, Kate Walsh, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Reid Scott, Jon Tenney, Sela Ward, Debra Winger, Daymond Jones, Marcia Cross, Courtney B. Vance, Robert Patrick, Kevin Nealon, Dennis Haysbert, Andie MacDowell, Erika Christensen and others. Gersh's David Gersh, Alex Yarosh, and Daisy Wu, managers Molly Madden, Alissa Vradenberg and Jennifer Levine, producer Jason Blum and Leslie Urdang.
Place: Little Holmby Hills home of senior managing partner partner Leslie Siebert and manager husband Steven Siebert of Lightouse Entertainment.
Served: This year's party — second in a row at the Siebert residence again produced by Branding Bee guru Ally Bernstein to kick off her fall lineup of awards season events — features a specialty Tequila Don Julio 1942 bar with free-flowing tequila-infused drinks like everybody's favorite Don Julio margaritas. Nosh includes tuna tacos and the true star of the backyard party: pizza pulled straight out of the authentic pizza oven next to the pool. Max Luna and his La Bella Luna Catering dished out truffle with zucchini blossom, margherita, vegetarian, four cheese, pepperoni, capricciosa and rapini and sausage. As for beats, DJ Qwess was dishing it out.
Inside Dish: "Leslie Siebert is the queen of parties," gushes Emmy winner Debra Messing, who is headed to the big show on Sunday as a presenter. "Great food, lots of drinks, great music and you're always bound to run into friends you haven't seen in awhile. She's the best."
Kate Walsh agrees, telling THR that what is happening right now in the backyard is a true "house party," one worthy of quotation marks, she laughs. "The best thing about Leslie's parties is that they always rule. She lets everyone dance and get loose and celebrate. This may be a business weekend, but Leslie makes it feel like a real celebration. It's a killer house party."
Emmy winner Archie Panjabi told THR that her Friday night appearance marked her first Gersh Emmy party, and it would be her last Hollywood event of the weekend. Duty calls in the form of a Saturday morning flight to London where she'll spend a few days before departing to India for a very special occasion: Helping Vogue celebrate 10 years in the country. Panjabi will be presenting a special award as part of the milestone party. After that? Back to New York for a guest gig on a TV show though she opted to keep mum on the rest of the details.
Diane Warren was more forthcoming with details of her latest piece, "Stand Up for Something," performed by Andra Day and featured on the upcoming soundtrack for Marshall. "It's the best thing I've ever done," she tells THR, before joking that even though she's won an Emmy, "This isn't really my crowd. I don't know that many people here." She still fielded compliments on her vintage Gucci sweater while seated in prime position on a plush sofa in the center of the backyard. Warren was quick to give compliments too, especially to her ride for the evening, a friend since childhood who drove her to the party, scoring a parking spot directly out front. The real coup with that is due to a new ordinance in the neighborhood, no parties are allowed to have valet parking which means it was self-park or Uber all night long.
Players: Agency clients and friends, elbow-to-elbow for hours.
Served: Partygoers lined up in Thomas Keller’s famed kitchen for fun finger-foods including pizza, short rib sliders, fries, fried chicken nuggets with rosemary and Maine lobster salad, tons of pastries and more — on offer out by the bar, along with oysters, were more traditional charcuterie.
Inside Dish: Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern (who snapped pics together in the photo booth near the top of the stairs), Ava DuVernay (tete a tete with CAA’s Richard Lovett for a period), Geoffrey Rush, David E. Kelley, Lisa Kudrow, Zoey Deutsch, Sophia Bush and Samira Wiley were among the stars and writers in attendance. Some guests had to be redirected multiple times toward the stairs up to the restaurant instead of straying into the Montage patio area, where another large DJ’d tailgating party was raging: University of Texas alums and supporters celebrating the night before their Longhorns’ game against USC. Once into the correct bash, several CAA guests were spotted snapping pics of the UT cheerleaders and marching band.
Hulu’s new chief content officer Joel Stillerman greeted a steady stream at the top of the stairs, as talent (Kevin Bacon, Jon Hamm, Tony Goldwyn, Sarah Paulson, Emmy Rossum, Seth MacFarlane and NBA star Dwayne Wade) and execs (Comcast’s Brian Roberts, NBC’s Bob Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke) schmoozed throughout the crowded restaurant. Uber-producer Ryan Murphy was never without a cadre of ring-kissers, who included Feud mega-fan and Oscar nominee Tate Taylor.
Players: Clients and friends
Place: Brentwood home of UTA co-president Jay Sures
Served: Jon & Vinny's pizza, taco bar, chile relleno quesadillas, Don Julio margaritas and Hilhaven Lodge old fashion cocktails
Inside Dish: Stars (Billy Eichner, Joel McHale), execs (Amazon’s Roy Price; Netflix’s Bela Bajaria; AMC's Charlie Collier and Josh Sapan; NBC’s Bob Greenblatt, Jennifer Salke and Bruce Evans; ABC’s Ben Sherwood, Channing Dungey and Patrick Moran; Discovery’s Rich Ross; A+E's Nancy Dubuc; Paramount’s Brian Robbins; FX’s Nick Grad; National Geographic TV’s Courteney Monroe and Carolyn Bernstein; Fox 21 Television Studios’ Bert Salke), producers (Kenya Barris, Joel Silver) and managers and lawyers aplenty moved about the tiered grass backyard under hanging lanterns. Among those with a consistent gaggle surrounding him was Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan, who deflected accolades by joking that all of the series’ chatter was about people having “no idea what was going on.”
Players: Clients and friends
Place: Chateau Marmont
Served: Tray-passed crispy artichokes, black truffle arancini, mini veggie burgers, crispy chicken bites, mini croque monsieurs, mini sliders and mini pizzas. The gluttony didn't stop there as bolognese and mac and cheese were also on offer, plus passed cookies and other sweets. Also available: a powerful contact high from all the marijuana smoke at the back end of the outside patio.
Inside Dish: Donald Glover and his Atlanta family held court in the back corner, as execs and reps alike swung by to dole out congrats. This is Us creator Dan Fogelman — or “broadcast’s savior,” as one guest could be heard greeting him — made the rounds inside as party goers took bets on this year’s best drama winner, with most leaning on This is Us or The Handmaid’s Tale.
Other stars (Aziz Ansari, Lena Waithe, Larry David, Mahershala Ali, Michael Chiklis, Vince Vaughn, Jessica Biel, Jimmy Kimmel, Joel Kinnaman, Van Jones, Priyanka Chopra), execs (NBCUniversal Cable’s Bonnie Hammer, NBC’s Jennifer Salke, Fox 21’s Bert Salke, FX’s Nick Grad), agents and lawyers mingled late into the evening.
Guests participated in the on-site charity activation in a crowded private area where for every $10 donated to hurricane relief efforts, guests were given a box of Sugarfina confections.
Party: Audi Celebrates the Emmys
Players: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Milo Ventimiglia, Tony Hale, Jared Harris, Alan Yang, Rico Rodriguez, Katherine Hahn, Dana Brunetti
Place: Dream Hotel, Hollywood
Served: Mini tofu crispy tacos, cheese pizza, sliders, crostinis with tapenade, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, seared ahi, grilled zucchini with goat cheese and lots of champagne
Inside Dish: Hundreds of guests packed the rooftop deck of the Dream Hotel in Hollywood for a champagne-soaked celebration of the 69th Annual Emmy Awards.
Emmy vets Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale held court at a VIP table, while awards season newcomer Justin Hartley drank in the scene with his soon-to-be-wife Chrishell Stause. The This Is Us star had been hitting the Emmy's party circuit hard, telling a pal at the bar that he was already at his third event of the night.
Despite her seven Emmy wins and more than 20 nominations, Dreyfus admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that she still gets nervous before the ceremony.
“There’s complete anxiety. It doesn’t really get better. In a weird way, it kind of gets worse. Leading up to that moment it’s always a little tense and I’m eager to get past it.”
Master of None producer Alan Yang had a decidedly more low-key approach to his own nomination, as he sauntered down the red carpet, sipping at a glass of Moet.
“There’s no pressure — I don’t expect to win. All this stuff, getting nominated for awards, that’s all gravy. It’s all just great. We’re happy on the show, we have a good time, we get to make a show with our friends — that’s the win, man.”
Westworld star Tessa Thompson told THR that her show's 22 nominations helped make up for the grueling shooting days. “It’s exhausting in the sense that we’re just up against the elements. The hours are long and it’s a dense show and we’re not always entirely sure what we’re doing which I think is emotionally sort of taxing in its own way.”
First-time Emmy nominee Milo Ventimiglia showed up late to the party, looking casual in a pair of jeans with a pair of motorcycle gloves sticking out of his back pocket.
All around the Highlight Room, there were signs that the nominees were ready for the anticipation of Sunday to break.
House of Cards producer Dana Brunetti and his girlfriend Alexandra Pakzad were not shy with their PDA behind the DJ booth, while Tessa and Sleepy Hollow star Janina Gavankar made plans to hit an escape room after they left the party.