Leah Sydney‘s party notebook still brims with interesting observations from two of the best parties of Emmy Weekend:
WRAPPING UP EMMY WEEK IN L.A.: BAFTA Los Angeles held their TV Tea on Saturday afternoon at the SLS Hotel and the Brits do what they do best, had tea, chatted and held court. Talented Brits in front and behind the camera predictably flock to the classy BAFTA events.
Of course the Downton Abbey crew Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Julian Fellowes stopped in as well as Kerry Washington, Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka, Joan Collins, Jon Voight, who’s poised to take home Emmy gold when his “Ray Donovan” becomes eligible, Sarah Hyland, Cat Deeley, Alfre Woodard, Camilla Luddington, Jacqueline Bisset, Scott Bakula, Crystal Reed, Victoria Smurfit, Kevin Spacey and more. Kevin’s Brit cred is earned, he was the Artistic Director of the Old Vic for years and his House Of Cards is a Brit original. He, told us that, “I’m hopelessly British deep inside.”
We asked him if he was nervous about his nomination, Kevin quipped, “Nah, I’ve been thru this before.” He worked the room and literally made sure to say hello to everyone there. Downton’s creator Julian Fellowes told us that, “You Americans always do the Award thing right. Way better than we do. It’s like some sort of wedding really, I rather enjoy it. ” Julian’s “Romeo and Juliet” premieres here on Tuesday…
And HBO’s annual bash at the Pacific Design Center: The HBO after party was, as always, the place to be. Everywhere you looked, the celebs and VIPs were shmoozing and huddled together. Judd Apatow laughing with Will Arnett while waiting their turn on the food line, Stephen Merchant at the bar telling a writer for Stephen Colbert to, “please tell Stephen it’s one of my favorite shows, I never miss it.” Emmy winner Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh chatting in the center of it all with HBO Execs Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler.
Mick Jagger and Laura Dern to their right seated at a table together together while Mick’s pal Boardwalk creator Terence Winter then joined in. Seth MacFarlane laughing it up with Bill Maher. Stunning Jane Fonda and Richard Perry doubling up with David Mamet and Rebecca Pidgeon. Aaron Sorkin then joined that esteemed group. Jeff Daniels, as on cue, then came in with Emmy in hand, prompting them all to stand up and clap. Jeff said so all could here, “Aw, come on, ok stop, ok louder!”
To their right, the Game of Thrones hunk Kit Harrington congratulating Veep’s Tony Hale on his win, as Peter Dinklage looked on and agreed. True Blood’s Stephen Moyer and wife Anna Paquin and their co-star Sam Trammell all hobnobbing with winner Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy.
In the back the Girls crew were having their good time, Allison Williams and Lena Dunham with Modern Family’s Julie Bowen. Boardwalk Empire winner Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne chatting with Judy Greer and Real Time’s Producer Dean Johnson. Julia Louis Dreyfus accepting her kudos from Cheryl Hines. Vera Farmiga and Newsroom’s Kelen Coleman chatting next to Julia.
The list goes on and on. HBO always gets it right on screen and with their events.