Performers Nominee Reception for Emmy Contenders
The event: The Performers Nominee Reception, hosted by the Television Academy, celebrated the 66th Emmy Awards by toasting the nominees for outstanding performances.
Held Aug. 23 at the Pacific Design Center, the cocktail party had an impressive turnout of the actors in competition for Monday’s Primetime honors, plus writers, producers, TV executives and others.
The crowd: Among Emmy contenders present were Billy Bob Thornton, Lizzy Caplan, Sarah Paulson, Taylor Schilling, Matt LeBlanc, Michelle Dockery, Jon Voight, Josh Charles, Joanne Froggatt, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen, Mayim Bialik, Allison Janney, Jim Carter, Angela Bassett, Allison Tolman, Joe Morton, Beau Bridges, Tony Hale, Margo Martindale, Laverne Cox, Cat Deeley, Stephen Full, Maurice LaMarche, Kate Mulgrew and more.
The chat: After offering my congratulations to Billy Bob Thornton on his lead actor nod for “Fargo,” the Academy Award winner introduced me to series writer Noah Hawley.
“He made it happen,” Thornton said.
Some of the actors already knew the outcome of their contests, as the Creative Arts Emmy Awards took place on Aug. 16 and included their categories.
At that ceremony, aside from the technical and behind-the-scenes awards, Emmys went to actors in guest artist, hosting, animation and other categories.
A winner as outstanding guest artist in “Scandal,” Joe Morton said he’s now looking forward to “Proof,” an upcoming TNT series about finding proof of life after death.
Uzo Aduba of “Orange is the New Black” and Allison Janney of “Masters of Sex” were also on hand – they both won as best guest actress – for Aduba, in a comedy series; for Janney, a drama series.
Although she may not have won, twice-nominated for her role in “The Americans,” Margo Martindale spoke with great pride about the show.
Having changed from her afternoon party frock for the BAFTA LA tea party into a sleek crop top and pencil skirt for evening, Lizzy Caplan – up for best lead actress for “Masters of Sex” – arrived with James Marsden of “Enchanted.” Given that my favorite of the show’s subplots involves the female physician/ researcher, Lillian, I was happy to hear Caplan say she also enjoyed the attention paid to her relationship with the Lillian character.
The ceremony: “How about a huge round of applause for all the nominees this year,” said voice artist Bob Bergen – an Emmy winner himself – before introducing Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and chief executive of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. To a barrage of flash bulbs, Rosenblum then announced the nominees, who ascended the stage one-by-one to cheers from the crowd on the patio.
The Emmy contenders greeted one another with enthusiasm as they joined their compatriots onstage. And before stepping down, Angela Bassett and Uzo Aduba snapped a selfie together.
Quote of note: “It has been an amazing year for television. The quality of television has never been better,” said Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and chief executive of the of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “In my family we play a drinking game for every time I say ‘It’s the golden age of television.’ So drink up – it’s the golden age of television and we’re thrilled to have all of you here.”
The sponsors: Appropriately enough, given the last quote, sponsors included Beaulieu Vineyard, along with Audi, L’Oreal, Keurig, People Magazine, Fiji Water and United Airlines.
Top photo: “Fargo” writer Noah Hawley, left, with Billy Bob Thornton, an Emmy nominee for lead actor at the Performers Nominee Reception for Emmy contenders, hosted by the Television Academy (photo, Society News LA)
Second photo: From left, nominees Allison Janney, Margo Martindale and Jon Voight at the Television Academy’s Performers Nominee Reception for Emmy contenders at the Pacific Design Center (photo, Frank Micelotta/ Invision for the Television Academy/ AP Images)
Third photo: The cast of “Orange Is The New Black” with nominees Sarah Paulson, second from left, and Angela Bassett, fifth from left, attend the Television Academy’s Performers Nominee Reception for Emmy contenders (photo, Frank Micelotta/Invision for the Television Academy/ AP Images)
Fourth photo: From left, Emmy winner Uzo Aduba of “Orange is the New Black” snaps a shot of Emmy nominees Sarah Paulson, Taylor Schilling and Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the Television Academy’s Performers Nominee Reception for Emmy Contenders (photo, Frank Micelotta/ Invision for the Television Academy/ AP Images)
Fifth photo: Joey King and nominee Matt LeBlanc at the Television Academy’s Performers Nominee Reception for Emmy contenders (photo, Frank Micelotta/ Invision for the Television Academy/ AP Images)
Sixth photo: Lizzy Caplan arriving at the Television Academy’s Performance Nominee Reception for Emmy contenders (Photo by Phil McCarten/ Invision for the Television Academy/ AP Images)
Seventh photo: The Emmy nominees onstage at the Performers Nominee Reception, hosted by the Television Academy at the Pacific Design Center (photo, Frank Micelotta/Invision for the Television Academy/ AP Images)
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Published Aug 24, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA