Tina Fey, 'Breaking Bad's' Vince Gilligan, Aaron Sorkin Hit Star-Studded Hollywood Reporter Emmys Party
Allison Williams, Matthew Weiner, Anne Sweeney, Nancy Dubuc, Google's Eric Schmidt and Netflix's Ted Sarandos join a slew of nominees, showrunners and TV executives ahead of Sunday's annual kudos.
The Hollywood Reporter helped kick off Emmy weekend and the new fall TV season with its inaugural Nominees Night party on Thursday. Tina Fey, Aaron Sorkin, Allison Williams and Vince Gilligan were among those who gathered on Sept. 19 at the Garden Terrace of Soho House in West Hollywood.
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Hosted by THR editorial director Janice Min and THR senior vp and publisher Lynne Segall, showrunners, actors and executives mingled under the stars throughout an evening that felt much more in the spirit of camaraderie than competition -- though that was certainly on everyone's minds as well.
Nominated for outstanding drama series for AMC’s Mad Men, Matthew Weiner was reluctant to fess up to any awards day rituals. "It’s just a matter of calming down, getting excited to see everybody and, for me, I feel so lucky to get to go," he said. "It doesn’t happen to everybody. … I do take a bath on Sunday morning, no matter what. I don’t mean that I never bathe, but I actually take a bath in a bathtub.”
Fellow AMC darling Gilligan, whose Breaking Bad heads into Sunday’s ceremony with 13 nominations, spent the evening chatting with his show’s star Dean Norris and other Emmy heavyweights like Modern Family showrunner Steve Levitan. When asked how it felt to conclude the series amid this year’s kudos, Gilligan admitted, “It’s amazing. We’re even luckier to have one more shot at it. For it to end, to go off the air, in the midst of this season 5A, as we call it, excitement is great. It’s just wonderful. It’s the cherry on the top.”
Representing comedies, Williams came out to celebrate HBO’s multiple nominations for Girls, sporting the show’s title painted on two of her nails. “It’s the second time around,” the actress said of her Emmy weekend. “I know a little more what to expect. I have a little Girls pride on my fingers, so I’m pretty excited.”
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Also joining the celebration were a slew of studio and network brass, including NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, president and CEO of A+E Networks Nancy Dubuc, Universal Television executive vp Bela Bajaria, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, 20th Century Fox Television chairman Dana Walden, Showtime president of entertainment David Nevins, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, Disney/ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney, AMC president and GM Charlie Collier, and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt.
As the party wore on, an assortment of amusing pairings popped up. Glee’s Emmy-nominated Dot-Marie Jones chatted with Ray Donovan’s Jon Voight. Fey took a shot at the bar with former boss Greenblatt before chatting with two-time Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family. Stonestreet later popped onto the couch beside Padma Lakshmi. Williams, flanked by Sarandos and his wife, Nicole Avant, took their turns in the Court of Weiner. 30 Rock’s Keith Powell and Judah Friedlander posed for a photo with Fey’s Emmy Icons cover of THR and later took a spin around the room with Ryan Phillippe.
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