BAFTA Los Angeles Emmy Tea

BAFTA LA Celebrates the Primetime Emmys at a Tea with Edie Falco, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Paulson, Anna Gunn, Downton Abbey Cast and More


Emmy celebrations continued unabated with the BAFTA Los Angeles Emmy Tea Party Sept. 22 on the rooftop of the London Hotel in West Hollywood. BAFTA is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. (Check out the story and pictures from the Variety and Women In Film Emmy party here.)

The absolutely charming Anna Gunn, best actress nominee for the drama series “Breaking Bad,” brought her daughter Emma, who looked cool and comfortable in her polka dot sundress, despite the blistering heat.  (My car thermometer read 95 degrees en route to the hotel.) 

Sarah Paulson, best supporting actress nominee for the movie “Game Change,” posed for photos with friend and fellow actor Carla Gallo of “Bones” before joining the multitude of other guests outside.   

The cast from one of last year’s big winners, “Downton Abbey,” came out in force, and included actors Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Brendan Coyle, Jim Carter and Joanne Froggatt; writer/executive producer Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame. 

Although many guests hid from the sun beneath umbrellas, it wasn’t hard to spot familiar faces. Among others were Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “Veep,” Damian Lewis of “Homeland,” Eric Stonestreet and Ariel Winter of “Modern Family,” Kate Flannery of “The Office,” Nigel Lythgoe of “So You Think You Can Dance,” Edie Falco of “Nurse Jackie,” Allison Williams of “Girls,” Jared Harris of “Mad Men,” Jason Ritter of “Parenthood,” Stephen Moyer of “True Blood,” Jane Turner of “Kath and Kim,” Betsy Brandt of “Breaking Bad,” and Jacqueline Bisset.

The guest list included Emmy nominees, previous Emmy recipients, BAFTA members and others.

“You don’t have to be British to be here,” said BAFTA chair Neil Stiles, also president of the magazine Variety. As part of the international film community, Stiles said local BAFTA members believe celebrations are in order for both the Emmys and Oscars. The organization chooses to have an afternoon tea, he said, “because nothing is more quintessentially British.”

And so, servers passed trays of sliders, mini-sandwiches and desserts as guests mingled at this stop along this party-hopping weekend.

The brilliant “Game Change” writer Danny Strong, whom we first met at the star-studded Sept. 21 Variety & Women in Film soiree, (referred to by many as the weekend’s hot ticket) counted on his agenda two parties Friday, two more Saturday and one Sunday before the Primetime Emmy Awards would take place.  And then win or lose, more parties would follow. 

Also a fundraiser, the afternoon included a silent auction with proceeds going to BAFTA’s Heritage Archive, Inner City Cinema program and other philanthropic and outreach initiatives.  BBC America presented the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea. 


Top photo: Anna Gunn, best actress Emmy nominee for the drama series, “Breaking Bad,” with her daughter Emma at the BAFTA Los Angeles Emmy Tea

Center photo: Sarah Paulson, left, Emmy nominee for best supporting actress for the movie “Game Change,” with Carla Gallo at BAFTA Los Angeles Emmy Tea

Bottom photo: Eric Stonestreet, best supporting actor Emmy nominee for the comedy series, “Modern Family” at BAFTA Los Angeles Emmy Tea



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BAFTA Los Angeles Emmy Tea

Published Sept. 23, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA