Emmy Parties 2018: The Complete Guide
Toast to the best shows on television ahead of TV's biggest night.
In preparation for the Sept. 17 Emmy Awards, here's where to fete the top shows with top talent — and there's no shortage of cocktails or conversations.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 13
DORIS BERGMAN'S NINTH ANNUAL STYLE LOUNGE & PARTY
Fig & Olive, 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 10 a.m.
Emmy nominees and previous winners, along with special guests, will be welcomed at this invite-only event presented by Precious Vodka and benefiting Wednesday's Child. Sponsors include Man Cave Essentials, Porto Vino, BuyWine.com, Lollies & Lace, Goldinger's T-shirts, Emporium Thai, Nourish, Hint water and Nourish.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 14
The Hollywood Reporter and SAG-AFTRA’s Emmy Nominees Night
Avra Beverly Hills, N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
THR and SAG-AFTRA will kick off the 70th annual Emmy Awards weekend with a cocktail party at Avra Beverly Hills. The second annual Emmy Nominees Night will toast to the top contenders in this year's race as guests will enjoy beats by DJ Myles Hendrik — last year's soiree broke out into a full-on dance party — photo booth and Greek delicacies including a raw bar. The star-studded evening sponsored by Heineken will be hosted by THR editorial director Matthew Belloni and SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris.
DEBBIE DURKIN'S ECOLUXE LOUNGE
Stardust Penthouse, Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Durkin returns with her pre-awards celebration to benefit With Our Words, Inc. On offer: champagne brunch, live entertainment, style lounge, luxury brands and destinations including Royalton Negril Jamaica resorts, VillaEyewear, distributor of Blackfin Titanium and Italia Independent custom sunglasses, BudTrader.com, Chariot Travelware and Kindred Bravely.
NATHALIE DUBOIS' DPA GIFTING LOUNGE
Brentwood Suites at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd/, Los Angeles, Sept. 14 to 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Luxury style retreat and pre-awards presentation featuring light bites and beverages. The invite-only event will feature trips from Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa, Soori Bali and Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa. Other involved brands include Krama Heritage, Jack & Jeff Denim Co., Eva Varro, Jaga, De Marquet, Tom Boy, Barenaked Leather Accessories, Viva Pops, High Brew Coffee, Rhythm Superfoods, Sparkling Ice, Demitasse, Glyde, Amazing Cosmetics, Rose & Abbot, La Cristallerie des Parfums, Oille, Roxynell Jeans, Lisa Young Lee, World Yacht Group and Light on Lotus.
GBK pre-Emmy Luxury Celebrity Gifting Lounge
L'Ermitage Hotel, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, Sept. 14 and 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lena Headey, Anthony Anderson, Adina Porter, Jake Busey, Naomi Grossman, Mindy Sterling, Christina Pickles, Neil Brown, Jr., Holly Taylor, Jackie Tohn and more are expected at this two-day event. This year the celebrity guests will be gifted items with an overall value of more than $60,000, including five international vacations, clothing, apparel, jewelry, wine tastings, food and spa treatments by Burke Williams. Also on-site: charities including Educating Young Minds and the Stray Cat Alliance.
La Peer Hotel, 627 N. La Peer Drive, West Hollywood, 7 p.m.
Luxury carmaker Audi — back for its eighth consecutive year as the official automotive partner and vehicle provider of the 70th Emmy Awards — hosts its annual pre-Emmy event. This year, however, Audi moves over to newly christened West Hollywood hotspot La Peer hotel, where the new Audi e-tron will be on display ahead of its official unveiling in San Francisco on Sept. 17. Previous guests have included Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Vanessa Kirby, Matt Smith, Justin Hartley and Milo Ventimiglia.
The Rooftop by JG, Waldorf Astoria, 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The agency is headed to the coveted rooftop of the Waldorf hotel for a party, where nominated WME clients like Vanessa Kirby, Jessica Biel, Thandie Newton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Joseph Fiennes, Michelle Dockery, Letitia Wright, Ted Danson, Kate McKinnon, Keri Russell, Elisabeth Moss, Matthew Rhys, Lily Tomlin, Donald Glover, William H. Macy and Millie Bobby Brown are expected.
Private home of agency CEO Sam Gores, 7:30 pm
Agency celebration toasting nominated clients like Laurence Fishburne, Antonio Banderas, Yvonne Strahovski, Sara Bareilles, Mandy Patinkin and the Duffer brothers. Music by celebrity DJ Michelle Pesce.
Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, 7 p.m.
The Television Academy and the Producers Peer Group, led by John Ziffren and Tim Gibbons, host an invite-only reception in celebration of the producers behind this year’s crop of nominees. Sponsored by Sterling Vineyards, the official wine partner, and Ferrari Trento, the official sparkling wine partner of the 70th Emmy season. Confirmed attendees include Doneen Arquines (Top Chef), Ken Biller (Genius: Picasso), Amanda Borden (The Voice), Owen Burke (Drunk History), Yahlin Chang (The Handmaid's Tale), Rob Crabbe (The Late Late Show With James Corden), David Craig (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), Mike DiMaggio (The Amazing Race), E. Brian Dobbins (Black-ish), Joe Farrell (I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman), Mariana Ferraro (Lip Sync Battle), Darryl Frank (The Americans), Alan Gasmer (Fahrenheit 451), Philip Gurin (Shark Tank), Lisa Joy (Westworld), Jenji Kohan (GLOW), David Markus (American Ninja Warrior), Michele Mills (RuPaul's Drag Race), Daniel Minahan (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), David Miner (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Jonathan Nolan (Westworld), Marc Platt (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert), John Requa (This Is Us), Ben Roy (The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special), Elizabeth Sarnoff (Barry), Jeff Schaffer (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Paul Simms (Atlanta), Eric Tuchman (The Handmaid's Tale) and Jacqueline Wilson (RuPaul's Drag Race).
SATURDAY, SEPT. 15
BAFTA TV TEA
The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 2 p.m.
Teacup time for TV execs and Emmy nominees from the U.K., U.S. and elsewhere. Confirmed to make the rounds (cucumber sandwiches optional) are Alec Berg, Daniel Bruhl, Tituss Burgess, Ann Dowd, Natalia Dyer, Joseph Fiennes, Betty Gilpin, David Harbour, Justin Hartley, Lena Headey, Allison Janney, Ricky Martin, Tatiana Maslany, Gaten Matarazzo, David Nevins, Thandie Newton, Sandra Oh, Lakeith Stanfield, Susan Kelechi Watson and Henry Winkler.
Artists First Brunch at the Beach Emmy Celebration
The Penthouse, Huntley Hotel, 111 2nd St., Santa Monica, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY PRE-EMMY PARTY
Sunset Tower, 8358 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m.
Presented by L'Oreal Paris, the magazine welcomes nominees and stars of the new fall TV season. Sponsored by Fiji Water, the bash will feature beats by star DJ Michelle Pesce.
Rose Cafe, 220 Rose Ave., Venice
Nominated CAA clients like Sarah Paulson, Rachel Brosnahan, Lena Headey, Alexi Bledel, Evan Rachel Wood, Peter Dinklage, Laura Dern and Ed Harris are expected to attend CAA's TV bash. Music by DJ Daisy O'Dell.
Private residence of co-president Jay Sures
United Talent Agency's Jay Sures will host a Saturday evening soiree at his Brentwood home to toast to UTA's Emmy-nominated clients with guests such as Primetime Emmy host Michael Che, Tracee Ellis Ross, Hiro Murai, Alec Berg, Issa Rae, Constance Wu and Kate McKinnon.
Luke Hemsworth & Fourward's Hemsworld Emmy Celebration
Private home of Will Ward, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Fourward, a TV-film-music management, production and investment company — launched in April with Will Ward and 13 other employees, including Jon Levin — will celebrate client Luke Hemsworth and his Westworld family and their 13 Emmy noms. Expected to attend: Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, Jaime Haskell, Eric Haskell, Ted Waitt, Michele Merkin, Miley Cyrus, Courtney Seashols, Matt Seashols, Tim Keenan, Jen Keenan, Matt Damon, Joel Kinnaman, Taika Waititi, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Shannon Woodward, Thandie Newton, Simon Quarterman, Ben Barnes, Cliff Collins Jr., James Marsden, Rodrigo Santoro, Richard Lewis, Edward Harris, Nicole Kassell, Louise Spinner, Tessa Thompson, Jessica Biel, Jimmi Simpson, Beau Knapp, Luke Bracey, Liam Hemsworth, Austin Stowell, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Cobie Smulders, Aisha Tyler and Anthony Anderson.
Performer Nominee Reception
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 6:30 p.m.
Television Academy Performer Peer Group members, led by Governors Bob Bergen and Patrika Darbo, will celebrate this year's crop of nominees from shows including American Crime Story, Atlanta, This Is Us and Westworld. Confirmed to attend are Louie Anderson, Sterling K. Brown, Bryan Cranston, Darren Criss, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brandon Victor Dixon, Betty Gilpin, Ed Harris, Lena Headey, Allison Janney, Tatiana Maslany, Sandra Oh, Sarah Paulson, Adina Porter, Brian Tyree Henry, Henry Winkler, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Carrigan, Leslie Grossman, Shanola Hampton, Charlie Heaton, Cheryl Hines, Marsai Martin and Chrissy Metz. Sponsored by Sterling Vineyards, the official wine partner, and Ferrari Trento, the official sparkling wine partner of the 70th Emmy season.
Television Industry Advocacy Awards benefiting The Creative Coalition
Sofitel Los Angeles, 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, 5 p.m.
Hosted by Advocacy Honors, presented by BBVA Compass, sponsored by TCL North America, this event will be hosted by Niecy Nash and honor "leaders of the television industry who effectively use their voice for social cause." Debra Messing, Patricia Heaton, Bill Prady, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sela Ward, Abigail Disney, Madchen Amick and Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students Andrea Pena and Sawyer Garrity will be on hand, along with Jenna Dewan, Lea Thompson, Laverne Cox, Sean Giambrone, Diedrich Bader and Cassie Scerbo.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 16
FERRARI TRENTO'S PRE-EMMY'S BRUNCH
Terra at Eataly L.A., 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, 11 a.m.
Ferrari Trento owner Matteo Lunelli will host a rooftop brunch at Eataly L.A. alongside his family to toast to awards season with the official sparkling wine of the Emmy Awards — the Ferrari Brut Tenrtodoc, which will be on offer in addition to pours from the full range of the brand's wines.
Private residence of founding partner Chris Silbermann and Julia Franz, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The couple once again opens the doors of their Westside home, north of Montana, for the agency's annual pre-Emmys brunch. Nominated talent this year includes Betty Gilpin, Allison Janney, David Harbour, Tatiana Maslany and Michael Stuhlbarg.
GLAMOUR X TORY BURCH LUNCHEON
Tory Burch, 366 N Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
The magazine teams with the fashion designer for an Emmy Women to Watch in Television luncheon, hosted by Glamour editor-in-chief Samantha Barry. Set to attend: Issa Rae (Glamour's October cover star), Betty Gilpin, Samira Wiley, Natalia Dyer, Alison Brie, Yvonne Orji, Ellie Kemper, Chrissy Metz, Logan Browning, Molly McNearney, Jenji Kohan, Channing Dungey, Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch and Kerry Ehrin.
MPTF'S ANNUAL "EVENING BEFORE"
The Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles
Emmy nominees and presenters, along with industry power players, will attend the 12th annual 'Evening Before' party to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund and its charities. This year's sponsors include Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company, Netflix, People and Target. Carmelized Productions by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo will help wine and dine the guests. Music by star DJ Michelle Pesce.
SHOWTIME'S EMMY EVE CELEBRATION
Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 6:30 p.m.
Many glasses of champagne will be raised for acting nominees Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose), William H. Macy (Shameless), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland). The cable network landed 21 nominations, including nods to Twin Peaks and Shameless. Music by DJ Daisy O'Dell.
FX NETWORKS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH VANITY FAIR
Craft L.A., 10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles
FX Networks, in partnership with Vanity Fair, hosts an invite-only cocktail party to celebrate FX's Emmy nominations, including talent like Penelope Cruz, Donald Glover, Ricky Martin, Sarah Paulson, Keri Russell and many more from shows The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Atlanta, American Horror Story: Cult, The Americans, Baskets and Legion. Sponsors include EFFEN Vodka, Genesis and Mayakoba.
The Highlight Room at Dream Hotel, 6417 Selma Ave., Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.
The cable network toasts nominees including Trevor Noah and his The Daily Show crew, South Park and Drunk History.
GOLDEN SOIREE EMMY CELEBRATION PRESENTED BY VOILAVE
Paloma, 6327 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 8 p.m.
Expected at this event are Mario Van Peebles, nominee Naomi Grossman, Kunal Nayyar, nominee Miles Tagtmeyer, Lindsey Pelas, Drake Bell, nominee Patrika Darbo, nominee Christopher Scott, nominee Bob Bergen, Derek Hough, Victor Ortiz, Robert Ri'chard, Camille Kostek, Sean Faris, Chuck Liddell, Bridget Marquardt, Apollo Ohno, Shelby Bay, Emily Sears, Amanda Cerny, Jessica Ashley, Georgina Gibbs and Rob Minkoff.
CANADA'S EMMYS CELEBRATION
Official Residence of Canada, 165, S. Muirfield Road, Los Angeles, 6 p.m.
Consul General of Canada James Villenueve will host a cocktail party the Sunday night before the Emmys ceremony in honor of Canadian nominees — expect to see Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid's Tale), Ellen Wong (GLOW), Holly Taylor (The Americans) and Sarah Goldberg (Barry), among others.
MONDAY, SEPT. 17
Official Emmy Governors Ball — Emmys Under the Stars
L.A. Live Event Deck, immediately following awards presentation
Produced by Cheryl Cecchetto and her Sequoia Productions team for 21 years, the ball moves outdoors for the first time with returning chef Joachim Splichal and Patina Catering. The new layout will also feature an open area surrounding the "Winner's Circle," where Emmy winners will be able to get their trophies engraved. Wine from Sterling Vineyards, Ferrari Trento champagne, cocktails by Ketel One and Fiji Water, the official water partner of the 70th Emmys and Governors Ball, along with Lindt Chocolate.
NeueHouse, 6121 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
The streamer has a lot to celebrate this year in regard to the 2018 Emmys: bagging the most nominations of any competitor in the TV business, delivering the first year in 18 that HBO was not atop the Emmy noms leader board. Netflix scored 112 nominations, so expect to see stars from The Crown, Godless, Stranger Things and Glow, such as Claire Foy, Jeff Daniels, Millie Bobby Brown and Alison Brie. Music by DJ Daisy O'Dell.
AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
Cecconi's, 8764 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m.
Toast to this year's Amazon nominees — their most ever at 22 — including the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel cast, which boasts 14 nods. Located just down the street from HBO, expect to see a trail of cars doing drop-offs at both parties up and down Melrose Avenue.
The Nomad Hotel, 649 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, 8 p.m.
The party could be a hot ticket if the streamer's The Handmaid's Tale repeats its best drama series win from 2017 this year. Still, it might not even matter, because Hulu earned 20 nominations for the second season of the show, including eight different acting category mentions. Expect to see revelers including Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Yvonne Strahovski, Ann Dowd, Joseph Fiennes, Cherry Jones, Kelly Jenrette and Samira Wiley. Hulu is also lauding nominees including Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg and Craig Zisk for The Looming Tower.
TNT & TBS
Dama, 612 E. 11th Street, Los Angeles, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Turner networks will be celebrating a variety of nominations for its breakout shows including The Alienist (including outstanding limited series) and TBS for mentions for Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (including outstanding variety talk series).
The Plaza at Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
It's a milestone year for HBO's ever-popular Emmy party: 2018 marks the 20th year the cable network has hosted a party on TV's biggest night and the 16th consecutive year that HBO has taken over the Pacific Design Center (all designed by Billy Butchkavitz). The design inspiration for this year's party — in honor of HBO's 108 nominations (topped for the first time ever by Netflix with 120 noms), backed by shows like perennial Emmy favorite Game of Thrones — is "Garden of Eden" so expect to see a the space transformed into a "fanciful garden setting." Wolfgang Puck Catering is handling the menu.
FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY, 20TH CENTURY FOX TELEVISION, FX AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Vibiana, 214 South Main St., Los Angeles, 8 p.m.
The corporate siblings band together to fete the company's roster of 2018 nominees. Music by DJ Alex Merrell.
A version of this story appears in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.