Emmy Parties 2019: Inside the A-List Events

10:01 AM 9/21/2019

by Ramona Saviss and Chris Gardner

The Hollywood Reporter staffers were on the scene at all the star-studded parties celebrating TV's biggest night.

From left: Niles Fitch, Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Sullivan
From left: Niles Fitch, Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Sullivan
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Step behind the velvet ropes to see how the stars celebrated TV's biggest night. There's a full slate of events leading up to the Emmy Awards, though many parties have been cancelled this year due to the writers vs. agents conflict. As for the Emmy afterparties, many of the usual events have been condensed into larger blowout bashes — such as HBO and WarnerMedia's extravaganza at Pacific Design Center and the Disney-Fox camp's soiree, which includes ABC, FX, National Geographic and Hulu, at Otium in downtown L.A. Get an inside look from THR staffers, who were at all the hottest parties alongside TV's top talent and execs.

  • Billy Porter, Michelle Williams, Patricia Arquette Fete Wins at Otium

    Billy Porter
    Billy Porter
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    PARTY: Disney's ABC, Disney Television Studios, FX Networks, Hulu and National Geographic

    PLAYERS: Pose big winner Billy Porter with Janet Mock and Steven Canals, writer/producer/director and co-creator of the FX series, as well as cast members Mj Rodriguez, Angel Bismark Curiel, Angelica Ross, Hailie Sahar, Dominique Jackson, Dyllon Burnside and Ryan Jamaal Swain; Fosse/Verdon Emmy winner Michelle Williams; The Act star and Emmy winner Patricia Arquette, flanked by co-star Joey King; Norman Lear; Danny DeVito; Jimmy Kimmel; AnnaSophia Robb; Keegan-Michael Key; This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman with cast Susan Kelechi Watson, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Sterling K. Brown and Mandy Moore; The Handmaid’s Tale’s Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, and Bradley Whitford with wife Amy Landecker of Transparent; Hulu CEO Randy Freer and senior vp originals Craig Erwich; and new Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier. 

    PLACE: Otium

    SERVED: Tray-passed mixed berry pop tarts and beignets; mini tuna melts and steak bites; a raw bar with shrimp cocktail and smoked salmon; a land bar with steak, roast chicken, pesto pasta, roasted carrots; and a “cones and coffee” station for dessert.

    INSIDE DISH: The first joint party for Disney, FX and Hulu since the acquisition of the 21st Century Fox assets was a popular first stop of the night due to its close proximity to the Emmys show. Stars from shows under all banners came out for the event, including FX’s Pose, Hulu’s The Act and Fox 21’s This Is Us. Even Fox Animation winners for The Simpsons dusted off the Emmys trophies had won the previous weekend during the Creative Arts Emmys to celebrate. 

    Michelle Williams was an early arrival, though the Fosse/Verdon star didn’t stick around for long. After Patricia Arquette walked in, Hulu CEO Randy Freer made a point of getting a photo with the actress, who won Hulu’s only Emmy of the night for her performance in The Act. The rest of the party, Arquette was flanked by her The Act co-star Joey King, who she thanked in her speech and could not stop hugging like she really was her child.

    Once Billy Porter arrived from the Governor’s Ball, it was all love, love, love among all the Pose cast as they posed for the camera at the photo and video installation. Dominique Jackson was teaching everyone how to vogue as they chanted “Come on, Mother!” cheering her on. As Angelica Ross and Hailie Sahar headed to the bar, Ryan Jamaal Swain followed with Ross’ purse, telling THR you can “Never forget your purse, girl!” Steven Canals was also highly aware of his fashion ensemble, holding the train of his cape wherever he went so it wouldn’t get stepped on.

    In the This Is Us corner, Milo Ventimiglia was channeling Jack Pearson in real life, seen chatting with onscreen son Niles Fitch (17-year-old Randall). Present-day Randall himself, Sterling K. Brown, arrived not long after, as did Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz. Justin Hartley was already there with Susan Kelechi Watson, who was catching up with Rachel Hilson, who plays the younger version of her character Beth in the series. One This Is Us writer joked that all these Emmy parties should have a “Wingman” app, “like a Tinder for finding a friend at a party” in the midst of all the mingling going on.

    But guest of honor went to none other than Norman Lear, who arrived mid-party. Nearly every guest went up to the legend to pay their respects and shake his hand. — Tara Bitran and Natalie Jarvey

  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge Holds Court at Chateau Marmont; Alex Borstein on Being Suprised to Win Among 'Fleabag's Year'

    Alex Bornstein with her parents.
    Alex Bornstein with her parents.
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    PARTY: Amazon Prime Video’s Emmy Party

    PLAYERS: Belle of the ball Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Fleabag castmates Sian Clifford, Andrew Scott, and Brett Gelman; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel winners Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub, plus Creative Arts winner Luke Kirby and stars Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle, Kevin Pollak, and Caroline Aaron; winner Ben Whishaw; Transparent's Jill Soloway, Amy Landecker, and Bradley Whitford; The Boys' Jack Quaid and Chace Crawford; Russian Doll's Charlie Barnett, plus Taika Waititi; Heidi Klum; Dan Levy; Game of Thrones' Isaac Hempstead Wright, Liam Cunningham, and Bryan Cogman (who's working on Amazon's Lord of the Rings series); Jon Hamm; Stellan Skarsgard; and of course Jeff Bezos, flocked by bodyguards. 

    PLACE: Chateau Marmont

    SERVED: In the earlier hours, a buffet of salmon, chicken and asparagus, market green salad, and tomato and burrata, plus passed apps including tuna tartare, crispy cauliflower, avocado toast, truffle arancini, lamb meatballs, and sliders. Late night fare served after 10 included mini grilled cheeses, burger and fried chicken sliders, and fries.

    INSIDE DISH: Fleabag's big wins, plus the statues for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's cast, meant the night belonged to Amazon — and to Waller-Bridge, who held court with her castmates outside on the hotel's packed patio until well after midnight.

    "Now, looking back, it seems like a crazy kind of rocket journey," Waller-Bridge said of her series' rise to Emmys gold as she headed inside just before 11 p.m. "but at the time, it's just one foot in front of the other the whole time."

    Sian Clifford, who was nominated for her role in the series, told THR that the cast never knew just how much Fleabag would resonate, particularly the second season. "You always hope. You just don't know. There are so many variables in our voting system — you've just got to, like, surrender to the universe and see what happens."

    Added star Andrew Scott, "Yeah, as they say about Hollywood, nobody knows anything."

    Maisel's Borstein, who collected her second statue in a row for her role on the series, asked which parts of her speech well-wishers responded to: "The part about my pussy or the Holocaust?" 

    In all seriousness, Borstein (who praised the strength of her grandmother, who escaped a Nazi firing squad) said she was legitimately surprised by her second consecutive win and didn't even plan on attending the ceremony because she's been focused on her children starting the new school year. "Everyone was like, 'you gotta go, you might win!' I was like, 'no, this is Fleabag's year, we're not winning anything,' and lo and behold, here I am. It was a shock."

    Inside, the dance floor set up inside the hotel's lobby meant guests danced to hits by Lizzo while guests outside mingled. A mass exodus ensued following Waller-Bridge's exit around 12:30, but a few minutes later Taika Waititi entered the party and held court outside until the soiree shut down at 1. As guests waited for their cars at valet, Game of Thrones stars including Emilia Clarke, winner Peter Dinklage, and producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss headed inside, past vigilant security guards, to their rooms. — Jean Bentley

  • Insiders Talk About Hostless Show and Historic Wins at Governors Ball

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    PARTY: TV Academy's Governors Ball

    PLAYERS: Everyone

    PLACE: L.A. LIVE Event Deck, transformed with decor to fall in line with the theme "Brilliance in Motion"

    SERVED: Chef and founder of Patina Catering, Joachim Splichal, handled the menu which included a bevy of small plates and reinterpretations of classic dishes. Hors d’oeuvres and small plates include: Maine lobster and burrata, yellowtail sashimi, paella Valenciana, red-wine braised short rib, crab cake sliders, tomato "tartare," candy striped beet "poke," Japanese eggplant, Brussel sprouts "frittes," Green Goddess Chopped Salad and "street corn" ravioli. Desserts included tray-passed mini milkshakes, warm-from-the-oven double chocolate s'more brownies, snickerdoodle blondies, butterscotch budino and vegan raspberry chia seed tapioca. For a second year, the official chocolate of the Governors Ball was premium Swiss chocolatier Lindt which presented a Lindt Chocolate Pot de Crème, made with dark and milk chocolate and melting Lindt Lindor truffles. Napa Valley winery Sterling Vineyards handled the wine pours, Ferrari Trento the bubbles, hydration courtesy of FIJI Water, and additional pours by Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, Diageo Reserve collection and Don Francisco’s Coffee.

    INSIDE DISH: “Ain’t this some shit, I didn’t know that’s how they did it,” newly-minted Emmy winner Billy Porter says to a friend while waiting to get his best actor in a drama series trophy engraved. A crowd of photographers and well-wishers have gathered — some of whom are standing behind a velvet rope watching the action as Pose's Porter takes turns sipping champagne and snacking on a slider. When a cameraman tries to snap his photo, the 50-year-old actor quips, “I’m not trying to draw attention to myself.”

    He had a hard time doing that on Sunday night, especially considering that the win made him the first openly gay black actor to take home a prize in that category. “Billy’s win is historic,” Pose co-creator Steven Canals told THR inside the party. “I’m so happy for Billy. I’ve been familiar with him and his work since the early 2000s when he did a movie for Greg Berlanti called The Broken Hearts Club. I love him.”

    Canals — who made history by introducing TV audiences to his show, which presented the largest cast and creative team featuring trans talent — also was feeling inspired by Patricia Arquette’s speech in honor of her late trans sister Alexis Arquette. “I saw her on Friday and we talked. She’s so thankful that Pose exists and her love for her sister is so deep. She is amazing and it’s so critically impressive that she used her time to say what she said. I’m glad somebody went up and said what needed to be said.”

    Elsewhere in the party, Adam Devine, fresh from his Emmys performance that saw him singing and dancing through a special variety special number, told THR that when he first got the call with the offer, he admitted that he felt it was a bit “out of left field.”

    “I didn’t know what I was getting myself into,” said the comedian and actor who said they spent “four to five” hours rehearsing for the bit. “It’s weird that I’m the guy that they asked but I thought why not.” As for whether he was nervous stepping on stage on TV’s biggest night — in front of stage guru Lin-Manuel Miranda, no less — Devine joked that you’d “have to be a complete psychopath if you’re not nervous.” But he shrugged off any anxiety and offered this perspective on the performance now that it was in the bag: “If I bombed, they won’t ask me to sing anymore and that’s OK too.”

    Another popular subject at the night’s first major after party stop was

    Jaboukie Young-White told THR that he loved it. “Everyone has a two minute bit in them but not everyone has a full, three hour ceremony in them. The way that we consume content today is so fractured and frenetic — everyone’s attention is always running back and forth,” he explained. “So I think this ceremony was probably the most of the moment that I’ve seen. Of course, this is the first time I’ve seen it in person with my own two eyes but I always tune in every year.”

    Seth MacFarlane has seen the top of the stage with his own two eyes, like the night he hosted the Oscars. Asked for his take on whether the show should’ve had a host, the TV mogul (from the Fox family) joked, “I’m not sure, I’m just focusing on the fact that I have to have a wisdom tooth pulled in tomorrow,” he explained. “There are bigger fish to fry, honestly, than whether there should be a host. It’s not something that keeps me up at night. I’m more worried about 2020.” — Chris Gardner

  • The 'GoT' Cast Stole The Show at Packed Warner Media and HBO Bash

    From left: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Liam Cunningham and Isaac Hempstead Wright
    From left: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Liam Cunningham and Isaac Hempstead Wright
    Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    PARTY: Warner Media and HBO

    PLAYERS: Drake, Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Lena Heady and George R. R. Martin; Succession's Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook and Nicholas Braun; Zendaya, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Amy Adams, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, Anthony Carrigan, Jean Marc Valle, Terrence Howard, Sarah Silverman, Adam Devine, Chris O'Dowd, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys

    PLACE: Pacific Design Center

    SERVED: Prime New York steak tagliata with tricolore salad, loch du art salmon filet with roasted potatoes, rotisserie chicken on wild mushroom risotto cake with roasted carrots, various flatbreads; the exit already featured an HBO-branded food truck from Chef Chris Bianco of downtown LA's Manufactory, serving egg sandwiches, patty melts and monkey bread as late-night parting gifts. 

    INSIDE DISH: Warner Media and HBO teamed up for an over-the-top bash this year, but this time with both companies involved, there was barely any room for stars and guests to walk at the jam-packed party. 

    After once again securing more Emmy wins than any other network or streamer, HBO hosted a star-studded celebration worthy of the A-list. The Game of Thrones cast took over the party, securing private, closed off sections for the expansive group, with Kit Harrington as the first to arrive as onlookers snuck photos of the star. A flip-flop-wearing Lena Heady arrived shortly after, followed by Emilia Clarke, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Iain Glen and Nathalie Emmanuel, among others.

    The GoT crew largely kept to themselves, talking pictures and catching up (before many of them headed out for the Netflix party), but creator D.B. Weiss chatted with Chernobyl's Jared Harris, who referred to the helmer as "the guy who wins everything," and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau dashed through the party. Conleth Hill, who played Varys, joked to THR after Peter Dinklage's fourth win he was "sick of him getting stuff," but more seriously said, "he carried the show when Sean [Bean] left, he was suddenly number one and that was a hard act to follow." Hill added that reuniting with the cast was "just lovely, they're family in a weird, post-nuclear, non-functioning way." 

    Earlier in the evening, Drake made a splash by arriving with oversized bodyguards, garnering the entire room's attention as guests awaited stars from Game of ThronesSuccession and Barry to make their way over from the Governor's Ball. The jam-packed party saw Sarah Snook and Nicholas Braun socializing over drinks, Zendaya taking photos with her Euphoria castmates, Julia Louis Dreyfus chatting at a table in the middle of the room with her Veep showrunner David Mandel, Anthony Carrigan having his photo taken with RuPaul's Drag Race star Nina West, and SNL's Beck Bennett dancing (while eating pizza) with his wife. The Sharp Objects corner of the room included Amy Adams lounging on a couch with costar Sophia Lillis as Jean Marc Valle held court. 

    Stars also hit the dance floor, led by Questlove in the DJ booth, with The Good Place's William Jackson Harper, Veep's Sarah Sutherland and Euphoria's Nika King all busting a move. — Kirsten Chuba

     

  • Emmy-Winner Jharrel Jerome Breaks It Down on the Dance Floor With The Exonerated Five

    Jharrel Jerome (left) and Korey Wise
    Jharrel Jerome (left) and Korey Wise
    Handout/Getty Images for Netflix

    PARTY: Netflix

    PLAYERS: Adam Sandler, Jharrel Jerome, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, Ava DuVernay with The Exonerated Five (Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson and Antron McCray), Niecy Nash, Asante Blackk, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Julia Garner, Jason Bateman, Charlie Brooker, Annabel Jones, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Betty Gilpin, Kerry Washington, Dave Chappelle, Andrew Rannells, Kaitlyn Dever, Debbie Ryan, June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Paul Scheer, Brittany Snow, Fred Armisen, Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, Lena Waithe, Joey King, Stephen Colbert.

    PLACE: Milk Studios

    SERVED: Spicy tuna poke bowl, Caprese skewers, Impossible burger sliders, ahi tuna bites, crab cakes, sushi, mini corn dogs, fries

    INSIDE DISH: The streamer, fresh off big wins for Ozark and When They See Us' Jharrel Jerome, celebrated Emmy night in a major way, with three separate, unique rooms to host their talent, which was themed in black, white and gold. Kominsky Method nominee Michael Douglas was among the very first to arrive, walking in hand-in-hand with wife Catherine Zeta Jones. Meanwhile, Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy chatted with friends as When They See Us cast and the real-life Exonerated Five hit up the Moet champagne vending machine, before breaking it down on the dance floor alongside Jerome while hoisting his Emmy. 

    Queer Eye's Tan France and husband Rob checked out the "Refresh Lab" upon arrival, where stars could get their makeup and hair touched up, and were soon joined by cast mate Antoni Porowski and his friends. Grace & Frankie stars June Diane Raphael and Brooklyn Decker arrived together, with Raphael's husband Paul Scheer also in tow, who later chatted with Andrew Ranells alongside the dance floor. 

    Special star Ryan O'Connell caught up with Debbie Ryan over a drink list that included Casamigos cocktails titled "Trending Now," "Netflix Original" and "New Episode." Adam Sandler received a hero's welcome to the party, stopping to shake hands with everyone he passed, including the party's wait staff.

    The dance party went on late into the night, past midnight. And Netflix stars weren't the only ones who seemed to think the streaming giant's late-night party was the place to be. Much of the Game of Thrones cast, including Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and Emilia Clark, were spotted chatting on couches in the corner of the room by the dance floor. Also ditching their HBO party for the Netflix fete were Game of Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, in their first official activity with Netflix since signing what sources have pegged a $200 million multiyear overall film and TV deal with the company in August.— Kirsten Chuba, Rebecca Ford

     

  • Nicey Nash, Regina King, Zendaya and Trevor Jackson Party It Up

    Datari Turner and Niecy Nash
    Datari Turner and Niecy Nash
    Jerritt Clark/Getty Images

    PARTY: Celebrate the Culture II

    PLAYERS: Hosts Vanessa Anderson and Oronde Garrett; When They See Us' Niecy Nash; Euphoria’s Zendaya; If Beale Street Could Talk’s Regina King; Empire’s Taraji P. Henson; This is Us’ star Sterling K. Brown; Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams; Insecure’s Yvonne Orji;  Grownish’s Trevor Jackson; The Hate U Give’s Algee Smith; The New Edition Story’s Elijah Kelley; Dear White People’s Logan Browning; Growing Up HipHop: New York’s exec producer Datari Turner; Claw’s Karrueche Tran; Jordyn Woods; Angie Martinez; Lil Rel Howery and DJ Milie along with Chase B spun tracks the entire night

    PLACE: Avenue

    SERVED: Guests enjoyed tray passed flat bread pizza, cheeseburger sliders, specialty Patron reposado and anejo cocktails, plus and bottle service in the nightclub space.

    INSIDE DISH: The second annual gathering celebrated the African-American community in Hollywood on TV’s biggest night. The dance floor was packed the entire night as Grownish’s Trevor Jackson broke out in a cool groove while the crowd took out their phones to capture the moment. — Falen Hardge

  • 'Game of Thrones' Reunions and Swimwear-Clad Models at BAFTA Tea Party

    Michael Douglas expresses his gratitude and Marie Kondo talks about joy at the annual fete.

    John Bradley Nathalie Emmanuel and Liam Cunningham.
    John Bradley Nathalie Emmanuel and Liam Cunningham.
    (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)

    PARTY: BAFTA Los Angeles + BBC America TV Tea
     
    PLAYERS: Marie Kondo, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Sian Clifford, Charlie Barnett, Emerald Fennell, Rufus Sewell, Joey King, Fiona Shaw, Gina Torres, Blair Underwood, Nina West, Jared Harris, Rachel Brosnahan, Brett Gelman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Carice van Houten, Patricia Clarkson, Michael Angarano, Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas, Ted Sarandos, Natasha Lyonne, Giancarlo Esposito, Liam Cunnigham, Charlie Brooker, Annabel Jones, Asante Blackk, Our Lady J, Stellan Skarsgard, Chris O’Dowd.
     
    PLACE: Poolside at the Beverly Hilton 
     
    SERVED: Traditional British tea sandwiches, of course, set atop tables also filled with a spread of egg & cress salad, curry chicken salad, white English imported cheddar and smoked salad sandwiches, with quiche Lorraine and spinach quiche to round out the assortment. Featured cocktails were the Ketel One Mule, Tanqueray & Tonic and Pimm’s Cup along with a bevy of bottles courtesy of event sponsor Heineken. Many guests seemed please with one particular item: Game of Scones. 

    INSIDE DISH: The always delightfully British event served something very un-English on the eve before the Emmys: the beating sun. “What are we doing today? What are we thinking? I've been boiling like a shrimp,” joked Emerald Fennell as she headed poolside. Despite the self-deprecation, Fennell and her British cohorts did just fine, huddling under parasols and all other available patches of shade. Heat aside, another topic of conversation proved to be the swimwear-clad models making the rounds in BAFTA t-shirts. 

    As the DJ played a soundtrack not just transporting guests back to the UK, but the previous decade with hits like Dire Strait’s "Walk of Life," Deacon Blue’s "Real Gone Kid" and Travis’ "Why Does It Always Rain on Me," it was hard to not to feel nostalgic. The Game of Thrones cast members must have been feeling similarly, as, around the patio, Ser Davos Seaworth and Melisandre (Liam Cunningham and Carice van Houten) set aside their differences and gave each other an enthusiastic embrace, while Missandei engaged in a long chat with Samwell Tarly (Nathalie Emmanuel and John Bradley).

    Fleabag’s favorite divorcees Sian Clifford and Brett Gelman caught up, right after Gelman and Fleabag’s therapist, portrayed by Fiona Shaw, exchanged words. Oh, what joys a season three could give us by way of marriage counseling.

    Marie Kondo enjoyed a plate of finger food with her husband, after telling THR she likes to think her organization mantra works on the people in her life who do not spark joy. “It comes in handy sometimes, a little bit,” she giggled, with the help of a translator who seemed equally amused.

    Meanwhile, Sandra Oh hung out with her sister, Ted Sarandos chatted with Joey King, Natasha Lyonne snapped her fingers to The Kinks "Sunday Afternoon," as she made her way through the brightly-dressed crowd. And hour before it was time for guests to move on to the night’s other events, Kominsky Method nominee Michael Douglas arrived with wife Catherine Zeta Jones, who told press that she was rooting for her husband to win an Emmy. “Oh, thank God,” joked Douglas about Zeta Jones’ support for a nomination he considers a surprise. “This means a lot to me,” he adds. “I mean, look at the people I’m with [in this category]. I’ve been doing it now for 50 years and the two areas I really had not done before was green screen and then a comedy show, so I’ve just been so blessed. It’s a great time, and I’ll enjoy every minute of it.” — Carita Rizzo 

  • 'Saturday Night Live' Stars but No Trevor Noah at Comedy Central Bash

    In the absence of its biggest star, guests turned their attention to the food stations at Comedy Central's annual Emmy weekend fete.

    (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

    PARTY: Comedy Central

    PLAYERS: Kenan Thompson, Kyle Mooney, Cecily Strong, Heidi Gardner, Anthony Jeselnik, Lil Rel Howery, Derek Waters, Jeremy Konner, Jaboukie Young-White, Jackie Tohn, Sarah Schneider, Helene York, Cameron Esposito, Roy Wood Jr., Jimmy O. Yang, Alex Moffat, Desi Lydic

    PLACE: Highlight Room at Dream Hotel

    SERVED: Passed hors d'oeuvres included Chilean seas bass, chicken satay skewers, Wagyu beef sliders, truffle mac and cheese, salmon sushi rolls, vegetarian sushi rolls and spring pea hummus.

    INSIDE DISH: Comedy tastemakers took over the Dream Hotel’s rooftop in Hollywood on Saturday night ahead of the Emmys. Saturday Night Live stars (Kyle Mooney, Alex Moffat) and Daily Show correspondents (Roy Wood Jr., Desi Lydic) mingled on a carpeted area that covered a large pool as they sipped on signature cocktails like the Drunk History-themed “Old Times Fashioned” and The Daily Show’s “Your Moment of Zen.” Guests enjoyed the make your own poke bar, with a choice of tuna, salmon or tofu topped with sesame seeds, scallions, chopped fruit and sliced veggies. Some partygoers opted for the street taco station instead, which offered chicken, carne asada or vegan options. Around 10:30 pm, attendees began to dance to tunes by DJ Mos and DJ Kiss, seemingly unbothered that the network’s biggest star, Trevor Noah, was nowhere to be seen. — Bryn Elise Sandberg

  • Showtime Revelers Buck Tradition by Taking Pics Inside San Vicente Bungalows

    The cable network celebrates its 2019 nominees at one of L.A.'s hottest private membership clubs.

    (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)

    PARTY: Showtime

    PLAYERS: Showtime’s David Nevins welcomed Escape at Dannemora team Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette and Paul Dano; Who Is America star Sacha Baron Cohen with wife Isla Fisher, and other guests including Jason Blum, David Oyelowo, Vanessa Bayer, Michael Tolkin, Justina Machado, Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Sarah Levy, Eric Lange, Don Cheadle, Steve Howey, Shanola Hampton, Emily Hampshire, Bokeem Woodbine, Andrew Scott, Regina Hall, Andrew Rannells and others.

    PLACE: San Vicente Bungalows

    SERVED: Passed shrimp cocktails, lamb chops, cheeseburgers, a buffet with meats, cheeses, kebabs and salads.

    INSIDE DISH: Just after 8 p.m., network chief Nevins welcomed guests and offered his gratitude to "everyone for your contributions," singling out the network's A-list nominees. He also gave a shout-out to the Levys — Eugene and Dan — for their work on Schitt's Creek "which has recently joined the Showtime family," he added. He also called out the "legendary comedians" on the show, Eugene and Catherine O'Hara. 

    Also of note: Guests were seen snapping photos on the private club's chic outdoor patio, something not typically permitted during regular business hours (or ever). — Scott Feinberg

  • 'Killing Eve,' 'Better Call Saul' Nominees Brunch With Bellinis

    The AMC Networks brunch served as a pre-game of sorts before the annual BAFTA Tea nearby.

    From left: Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Sarah Barnett and Fiona Shaw
    From left: Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Sarah Barnett and Fiona Shaw
    Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for AMC

    PARTY: AMC Networks Emmy Brunch 

    PLAYERS: Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Chris O'Dowd, Rhea Seehorn — as well as AMC Networks president and CEO Josh Sapan and president of entertainment networks Sarah Barnett

    PLACE: Cecconi's West Hollywood 

    SERVED: A buffet spread of traditional brunch fare — mushroom frittatas, bacon, french toast — and some Cecconi's signatures (eggplant parmesan, salads), with bite-sized meatballs, potato pancakes and wedges of avocado toast on on the bar. Those guests who drank seemed to indulge the tray of Bellinis at the entrance. 

    INSIDE DISH: Forgoing its longtime Emmy afterparty for a day-before event, AMC Networks feted big nominees Killing Eve (BBC America) and Better Call Saul, alongside obligatory Walking Dead talent, at a Saturday brunch that many treated as a pregame for the BAFTA Tea.

    The well-attended gathering, which culminated in an appearance from Killing Eve's Sandra Oh, found AMC brass Josh Sapan and Sarah Barnett in town from New York and glad-handing talent, press and the rest of the crowd that seemed to still be sussing out this year's party scene. 

    The meal went over particularly well — especially with Fiona Shaw. If she wins on Sunday, and is even half as excited about it as she was at the waiter's description of the eggplant parm, prepare for a very good speech. As for surrendering a Sunday night slot for their party, one AMC staffer had zero regrets: "This is so much better. … everybody is still in a good mood!" — Michael O'Connell

     

  • Mandy Moore, 'Succession' Stars and More at THR and SAG-AFTRA's Nominees Night

    Sterling K. Brown, Natasha Lyonne, Joey King and Jared Harris celebrated the awards weekend alongside executives including Amazon's Jennifer Salke and HBO's Casey Bloys.

    Nicholas Braun and Sarah Snook
    Nicholas Braun and Sarah Snook
    Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter

    PARTY: The Hollywood Reporter and SAG-AFTRA's Emmy Nominees Night

    PLAYERS: THR cover star Aaron Paul plus nominees Sterling K. Brown, Natasha Lyonne, Mandy Moore, Joey King, Anna Chlumsky, Carice van Houten, Chris Sullivan, Jared Harris and Patricia Clarkson were among the stars who celebrated their nominations at the party. Clea DuVall, Aaron Paul and Succession stars Nicholas Braun and Sarah Snook also joined in on the festivities along with Charlie Barnett, Sydelle Noel, Queer Eye's Bobby Berk, William Jackson, Our Lady J, Bethenny Frankel, Yvette Nicole Brown, Retta, Aldis Hodge, Folake Olowofoyeku and D'Arcy Carden as well as some of the industry's top executives, including Amazon Studios’ Jennifer Salke, Fox 21 Television Studios' Bert Salke, CBS Corp./Showtime Networks' David Nevins, HBO's Casey Bloys, AMC Networks' Josh Sapan, Universal TV president Pearlena Igbokwe, WME's Ari Greenburg, ICM Partners' Chris Silbermann, Paradigm's Sam Gores, Hulu's Craig Erwich, Disney Television Studios' Craig Hunegs, FX Networks' Chuck Saftler, Blumhouse Television's Jeremy Gold and Wheelhouse's Brent Montgomery.

    PLACE: Avra Beverly Hills

    SERVED: Guests enjoyed the raw bar with gulf shrimp, Littleneck and Cherrystone clams and Maine lobster, while roving servers provided guests with Greek delicacies including grilled Haloumi cheese, tuna tartare, Chilean sea bass skewers and diced honey balsamic salmon for hors d’oeuvres. The dining concluded with almond baklava and Greek yogurt chocolate cheesecake for dessert.

    INSIDE DISH:

    The third annual event, hosted by THR editorial director Matthew Belloni and SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, served as the unofficial launch of Emmy weekend celebrations leading up to Sunday night's ceremony. On the red carpet and inside the party, sponsored by Heineken and Anastasia Beverly Hills, excitement was in the air for this year's hottest shows and performances.

    THR cover star Paul, on hand to support his Breaking Bad spinoff movie El Camino, praised The Act as one of his current TV favorites, calling out King for her "absolutely amazing" turn as Gypsy Rose Blanchard. Moments later, King popped up on the carpet to embrace and take photos with Paul, revealing she felt "very out of place, but in a good way" to be a part of the Emmy celebration. She added that ahead of Sunday's ceremony, she has a pancake breakfast planned with her family, and she also got some advice from co-star Patricia Arquette: "She said, 'Don't be nervous; it's just like homecoming!' I was like, 'Patricia, it's nothing like homecoming!'"

    The Succession stars also proved to be a hot commodity of the evening, greeting fans as 6-foot-7 Braun towered over other guests.

    Braun admitted to feeling overwhelmed from the fervent social media response to the show, but he does appreciate the occasional clever "Cousin Gregory" meme in between watching episodes of Bachelor in Paradise.

    "I don't watch much TV, but I'm really into [Bachelor in Paradise]," he told THR. "I watch it alone, though, because I go back and rewatch all the time. John Paul Jones is a really special guy."

    Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy was spotted among the fans clamoring for the Succession duo, as Lea Michele shared that Nicholas Britell's Emmy-winning theme song is her ringtone.

    Brown and wife (and BET+'s First Wives Club actress) Ryan Michelle Bathe, frequent award show attendees, shared their secret to survival. "Drink water, whenever you can sit down take a little break, and I went a half-size bigger on my dress shoes," said the This Is Us star, who reunited with co-stars Moore, Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Michael Angarano at the party. Brown's on- and offscreen wives caught up before hitting the red carpet.

    Lyonne joked that after the Emmys, she was headed "right to the racetrack to spend money on the horses," while Harris told THR he was excited to meet fellow nominees Fiona Shaw and Barry's Anthony Carrigan, also at Friday's event. "It's fun running into people that you admire and be able to say something briefly; to be a fan and an idiot."

    Keegan-Michael Key caught up with When They See Us star Michael K. Williams and Billy Eichner, while Salke chatted with Lyonne and Sullivan. Longtime friends Lyonne and DuVall walked the red carpet holding hands.

    Holding court at the bar was WME's Richard Weitz alongside his brother, style consultant Andrew Weitz, who told THR that in lieu of celebrating at a WME party like in past years, "It's just going to be a chill time this weekend. I'm celebrating here at THR's Emmy party and then seeing the Emmys this weekend." — Kirsten Chuba and Tara Bitran

  • Jharrel Jerome on Exonerated 5 Attending Emmys: "It's Going to be so Amazing"

    Jharrel Jerome talks about the honor of seeing the men behind 'When they See Us' take center stage, Anthony Carrigan on keeping his glass full and Patricia Clarkson snags a slider at VIP nominees reception.

    (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)

    PARTY: Television Academy Performers Nominee Reception in partnership with Audi

    PLAYERS: Nominees including When They See Us stars Jharrel Jerome, Asante Blackk and Niecy Nash; Sharp Objects' Patricia Clarkson; Barry's Anthony Carrigan; Better Call Saul's Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks; Veep's Tony Hale and Peter MacNicol; This Is Us' Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown and Chris Sullivan; Killing Eve and Fleabag's Fiona Shaw; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Marin Hinkle and winner Luke Kirby.

    PLACE: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills

    SERVED: Drinks by official wine partners Sterling Vineyards and Ferrari Trento.

    INSIDE DISH: While the red carpet for the final nominee reception of the season wasn't scheduled to open until 6:30 p.m., stars began chatting with reporters a few minutes before. Early arrivals included nominated castmembers from Better Call Saul, Veep and Barry. When They See Us stars Niecy Nash and Asante Blackk stopped to take photos with each other between interviews, and Veep nominee Peter MacNicol stopped Barry's Anthony Carrigan to ask for a selfie.

    Carrigan's whole family is in town to support him, and he was excited to see them — between Emmy events, of course. His main plan? "Just having some champagne and socializing and just drinking it in." Metaphorically and literally, he added. "Yeah. And the champagne — drinking it up and drinking it in. A lot of drinking, I guess."

    The evening was particularly poignant for When They See Us star Jharrel Jerome, who was pleased that the story of the Exonerated 5 has been recognized so widely. "Most times it feels like, 'Ah, this is cool or dope,' but this is more than that. It's an honor, it's a blessing to be a part of this project, and I wouldn't want to be here for anything else — just for those men," he said. "It's going to be amazing to see them here this weekend when 30 years ago they were behind bars, and now this weekend they'll be in suits, dappered up and on a red carpet. It's incredible."

    Patricia Clarkson, meanwhile, sounded relieved to see the light at the end of the tunnel after a long awards season swing. "I've taken a year off. I've really been laying low," she said. "It's been beautiful. But I have been on a lot of red carpets. I mean, the award circuit is exhausting and it's long. It's been a long, long exhausting award circuit — but gorgeous. I'm lucky. I can't [complain]. You know, it's tiring, but I'm lucky as heck."

    Except for the physical parts, she quipped, "Aw, I have to hold my stomach in for like five hours." But not tonight. Joked the star, "Oh, I'm so having a slider." — Jean Bentley 

  • Netflix's Intimate Toast for Nominees at Ted Sarandos' House

    From left: Ted Sarandos, Bob Odenkirk and Naomi Odenkirk
    From left: Ted Sarandos, Bob Odenkirk and Naomi Odenkirk
    Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix

    Party: Netflix’s Emmy Nominees Toast

    Players: Hosts Ted Sarandos and Nicole Avant and almost every Netflix star

    Location: Sarandos’ Hancock Park home

    Served: Passed hors d'oeuvres included chicken sliders, steak kabobs, tomato and mozzarella sticks and croquettes, plus an espresso cart serving up warm coffee drinks and a full bar, with beverages served in frosted white glasses.

    Inside Dish: It turns out if you arrive at Ted Sarandos’ house for his intimate Emmys weekend kickoff celebration during his toast, there will be no valets available to park your car. "You’ve arrived at a bad time. I’m sorry," a smiling security guard told THR. That’s because even the valets head up to Sarandos’ sprawling lawn to watch him share kudos with those who got the streaming giant to its 117 nominations this year. (Luckily, Hancock Park has plenty of street parking.) Sarandos’ words of welcome included listing all the shows up for trophies this weekend. When he said "everyone’s still a winner!" at one point, Wanda Sykes was heard saying under her breath "not me," getting a laugh from those nearby. (Sykes’ Not Normal stand-up special, nominated in the variety special, prerecorded category, lost to Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool at the Creative Arts Awards the previous weekend.)

    Sarandos wrapped up his speech by welcoming actor-singer Ben Platt to the stage. The star performed Joni Mitchell’s "River" for the crowd, a song that’s featured on his new Netflix show The Politician.

    Sarandos wrapped up his speech, saying "Please raise a glass to yourselves, everyone around you, for the partnership, for the work and for the lives that you change every day. Cheers!"

    After the toast (Sarandos spent the rest of the night chatting with guests, with Netflix execs Cindy Holland and Lisa Nishimura nearby), partygoers returned to their lively conversations, strewn about on Sarandos’ massive lawn, which had been covered in white carpets, with hundreds of candles lighting the space and off-white couches strewn about in every corner.

    Stars from all of Netflix's nominated shows could be seen at every corner of the party. In the center, Ava DuVernay was holding court while much of the cast of her When They See Us limited series roamed the event, including Jharrel Jerome, Vera Farmiga and Asante Blackk. "Y’all made me cry" a partygoer could be overheard saying to the series’ Ethan Herisse.

    Other Netflix nominees roaming the grounds included Jason Bateman, Michael Kelly, Betty Gilpin, Alison Brie, Laverne Cox, Marti Noxon and The Bodyguard’s Jed Mercurio. At least three of the Fab Five were also in attendance – Tan France, Bobby Burke and Antoni Porowski. And Marie Kondo, with a translator by her side, posed for photos on the off-white couches.

    Natasha Lyonne, nominated for her show Russian Doll, chatted with partygoers and the show’s producer-writer Amy Poehler. Her Orange Is the New Black co-star Dascha Polanco was nearby.

    But you didn’t have to be from a Netflix-nominated show to drop by one of the hottest parties of the night. Patricia Arquette, a double-nominee for Escape at Dannemora and The Act, was cuddled up on a couch while a fellow nominated Patricia — Clarkson, that is — stood two feet away, chatting with Joey King (Clarkson and King are competing in the same category). Jared Harris, nominated for HBO’s Chernobyl, walked hand-in-hand with his wife through the party. And Aaron Paul and Bob Odenkirk had a little Breaking Bad reunion, posing for photos together.

    While Billy on the Street’s Billy Eichner had lost his category (outstanding shortform variety series) during the Creative Arts ceremony the previous weekend, he was in good spirits at the bash, telling THR he’d seen the new film Judy the night before. He admitted he was still thinking about Renee Zellweger’s incandescent performance as Judy Garland. It turns out that, with the sun setting on Emmy season, many eyes are already on the fast-approaching Oscars. — Rebecca Ford and Scott Feinberg 

  • Laura Dern's 'Big Little Lies' Reunion; Stars Line Up for Sugarfish

    Elizabeth Banks (left) and Laura Dern
    Elizabeth Banks (left) and Laura Dern
    Charley Gallay/Getty Images

    PARTY: Audi Emmy Party

    PLAYERS: Elizabeth Banks, Laura Dern, Milo Ventimiglia, Jean-Marc Vallee, Brett Gelman, Our Lady J, Rumer Willis, Marti Noxon, Aldis Hodge, J.B. Smoove

    PLACE: Sunset Tower

    SERVED: Champagne aplenty to accompany passed trays of sliders, spring rolls, garlic fries, cucumber slices with hummus (gotta get those veggies in for the day), and chicken meatballs. Poolside, Sugarfish was catering salmon sashimi and handrolls to guests patient enough to wait in line for a very long time.

    Five-time Emmy nominee Cat Deeley was the first to rush inside the Emmy weekend kickoff party, at 7:31 — one minute after doors opened at the Sunset Tower bash. Deeley revealed she was delighted to watch this year’s ceremony far, far away from the Microsoft Theatre. "I’m going to have a glass of champagne and watch the dolphins go by," she tells THR of her Sunday plans in Malibu.

    Also in a hurry to enter the poolside bash was Laura Dern, who apologized to the press line for rushing inside to take a picture with a fellow guest. That guest happened to be Elizabeth Banks, who could not contain her excitement for season two of Shrill. "I actually had a sneak peek of season two and it’s so good, you guys," the exec producer gushed, clapping her hands together excitedly. But that is not why Banks made her way to Sunset Tower this Thursday evening: "I’m here because I have a lot of friends that are up for awards and Audi throws a great party and we’re going to have some drinks and get the week going!"

    Inside, Banks and Dern engaged in animated conversation, against the backdrop of the L.A. skyline. When the two were finished catching up, Dern joined Big Little Lies producer and first-season director Jean-Marc Vallee, who this Sunday is up for an Emmy for limited series Sharp Objects.

    A line quickly formed for a photo booth that produced black-and-white glam shots, as well as for the Sugarfish sushi bar on the patio, where The Chef Show’s Roy Choi was seen patiently waiting for his handroll.

    Playing audience pleasers like The Cars’ "Just What I Needed" to Justin Bieber’s "Sorry," DJ Alexandra Richards (daughter of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and supermodel Patti Hansen) and Reggie Watts made sure the guests were busting moves throughout the night. LaKeith Stanfield got down to some beats with a female friend, while Property Brother Drew Scott and wife Linda Phan danced to Jamiroquai’s "Canned Heat."

    Stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger ran up to RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Nina West, demanding a photo with the drag queen, while Dern was able to sneak past the photo booth line for a portrait.

    While it seemed most guests were aware of the last-minute venue change for the bash, not everyone had received the memo. "I need a drink," muttered a publicist, who had dropped by Spring Place, only to discover there was no Emmy fete at the private club.

    Lead drama actor nominee Milo Ventimiglia made a late appearance at the bash that at 9:45 p.m. was still going strong. Asked if he was happy to be nominated, Ventimiglia let out a modest "meh" but displayed a smile that indicated otherwise. He was soon introduced to fellow Fleabag's Brett Gelman, with whom he chatted long after the compulsory photos were taken. "It looks like people are happy to be out celebrating," remarked Vallee, who was in it for the long haul. According to Banks, there are plenty of reasons to raise a glass to TV: "What I’m really loving is that statistics really improving for women in TV — we’re actually nearing parity when it comes to roles for women. I think that’s really exciting!" — Carita Rizzo

  • Jharrel Jerome on Exonerated 5 Attending Emmys: "It's Going to be so Amazing"

    Jharrel Jerome talks about the honor of seeing the men behind 'When they See Us' take center stage, Anthony Carrigan on keeping his glass full and Patricia Clarkson snags a slider at VIP nominees reception.

    (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)

    PARTY: Television Academy Performers Nominee Reception in partnership with Audi

    PLAYERS: Nominees including When They See Us stars Jharrel Jerome, Asante Blackk and Niecy Nash; Sharp Objects' Patricia Clarkson; Barry's Anthony Carrigan; Better Call Saul's Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks; Veep's Tony Hale and Peter MacNicol; This Is Us' Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown and Chris Sullivan; Killing Eve and Fleabag's Fiona Shaw; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Marin Hinkle and winner Luke Kirby.

    PLACE: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills

    SERVED: Drinks by official wine partners Sterling Vineyards and Ferrari Trento.

    INSIDE DISH: While the red carpet for the final nominee reception of the season wasn't scheduled to open until 6:30 p.m., stars began chatting with reporters a few minutes before. Early arrivals included nominated castmembers from Better Call Saul, Veep and Barry. When They See Us stars Niecy Nash and Asante Blackk stopped to take photos with each other between interviews, and Veep nominee Peter MacNicol stopped Barry's Anthony Carrigan to ask for a selfie.

    Carrigan's whole family is in town to support him, and he was excited to see them — between Emmy events, of course. His main plan? "Just having some champagne and socializing and just drinking it in." Metaphorically and literally, he added. "Yeah. And the champagne — drinking it up and drinking it in. A lot of drinking, I guess."

    The evening was particularly poignant for When They See Us star Jharrel Jerome, who was pleased that the story of the Exonerated 5 has been recognized so widely. "Most times it feels like, 'Ah, this is cool or dope,' but this is more than that. It's an honor, it's a blessing to be a part of this project, and I wouldn't want to be here for anything else — just for those men," he said. "It's going to be amazing to see them here this weekend when 30 years ago they were behind bars, and now this weekend they'll be in suits, dappered up and on a red carpet. It's incredible."

    Patricia Clarkson, meanwhile, sounded relieved to see the light at the end of the tunnel after a long awards season swing. "I've taken a year off. I've really been laying low," she said. "It's been beautiful. But I have been on a lot of red carpets. I mean, the award circuit is exhausting and it's long. It's been a long, long exhausting award circuit — but gorgeous. I'm lucky. I can't [complain]. You know, it's tiring, but I'm lucky as heck."

    Except for the physical parts, she quipped, "Aw, I have to hold my stomach in for like five hours." But not tonight. Joked the star, "Oh, I'm so having a slider." — Jean Bentley 

  • Patricia Arquette, Anthony Carrigan Talk Shop at Creative Coalition Fete: "Art Heals"

    Creative Coalition gets a jump start on handing out awards by honoring a slew of Emmy nominated talent for their social justice activities.

    (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Creative Coalition)

    PARTY: Creative Coalition’s Television Humanitarian Awards

    PLAYERS: Patricia Arquette, Terry Crews, Anthony Carrigan, Henry Winkler, Bethenny Frankel, Ryan Murphy, AnnaSophia Robb, Ellen Wong, Stephanie Beatriz, Steve Howey, Keegan-Michael Key, David Arquette, Jeffrey Ross, Asante Blackk, Willie Garson, and Harry Hamlin

    PLACE: Ocean Prime, Beverly Hills

    SERVED: A three-course meal with a field greens house salad to start. The entree consisted of three choices: teriyaki salmon, roasted chicken or linguine pasta for the vegetarians. Dessert was a choice of carrot cake or sorbet. Guests were greeted with an open bar and trays of wine floating around the lobby. 

    INSIDE DISH: Amid countless celebrations for their onscreen performances, several Hollywood A-listers gathered Saturday morning to honor the work of five stars when the camera isn’t rolling.

    In the dim setting of Beverly Hills’ Ocean Prime restaurant, The Creative Coalition — a nonprofit that promotes arts advocacy and public arts education — gave humanitarian awards to Emmy-nominated Patricia Arquette, Anthony Carrigan, and Henry Winkler, as well as reality-star-turned-business-mogul-turned producer Bethenny Frankel and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Terry Crews for using their platform to advocate for social justice.

    The honored activism ranged from Arquette’s work with public sanitation and climate change to Frankel’s disaster relief efforts to Winkler’s advocacy for children with dyslexia. “When they told me [about the award], I was like, ‘Wait, they’re honoring me? I should be honoring them,’” said Arquette, who added that the organization taught her how to lobby lawmakers and impact policy. 

    As expected, many of the attendees also stressed the importance of arts education funding in public schools. 

    “The arts are always the first thing on the chopping block,” Arquette told THR.

    Barry’s Carrigan arrived on the carpet in high spirits and said that arts gave him a community after he was diagnosed with alopecia at age 3. “It’s so easy to overlook the arts because they’re pervasive. They’re all around us,” he said, adding: “Art heals.”

    Despite the intimacy of the restaurant, the energy remained boisterous from beginning to end. Arquette hugged co-star AnnaSophia Robb, who presented Arquette with her award, at the entrance and squealed: “Look how cute you look!”

    The event also hosted several other Emmy hopefuls, including When They See Us’ Asante Blackk, who was the first on the carpet and said he was surprised to even be nominated. “I had no prior notion that I would be nominated at all,” he said, crediting his early access to arts education for where he is today. “Art is powerful. That’s where people’s voice can carry weight.”

    Comedian Jeffrey Ross hosted the gala, garnering laughs from the moment he stepped up to the podium. In addition to collective laughter and applause throughout the event, excitement buzzed through the room when The Creative Coalition CEO, Robin Bronk, announced that each guest would be taking home a pair of AirPods.  — Katherine Campione