Pre Emmy Performers Nominee Reception

PreEmmy Performers Nominee Reception
TV Academy’s Performers Nominee Reception Kicks Off Emmy Weekend, Presenting Certificates to Emmy Contenders 



For Emmy nominees, Sept. 20 wasn’t a night to stay home. I’d heard of more than 10 PreEmmy parties myself and I have no doubt there were many more. 

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences kicked off the weekend’s festivities  at Spectra by Wolfgang Puck inside the Pacific Design Center with the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards “Performers Nominee Reception,” i.e., a party for the actors vying for Emmys.

Readers can find my story about this elegant shindig (cocktail attire requested) in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times, as well as stories about two other big bashes later that night: Variety & Women in Film’s celebration of the 2013 female nominees and Entertainment Weekly’s salute to past and present nominees.

More pictures from all these parties are also on this website, along with photos from this event and a few additional details below.

Dot Marie Jones
As a “Glee” fan, I particularly enjoyed meeting Dot-Marie Jones, a.k.a. coach Shannon Beiste, who noted with pride that this year’s nomination was her third. Of the controversy surrounding Cory Monteith’s tribute at the Emmy ceremonies, readers can see what she said in my story at the Los Angeles Times.

Incredibly gracious, Jones thanked me for asking her opinion, as she clearly cared for Monteith, calling him “a heck of a kid,” and saying she believes he deserves this special shout-out on the Emmy telecast. 

On this beautiful night – the weather being ideal for an affair under the stars – Cory Almeida began the official ceremonies, by reminding guests with “two words for you guys: Pace yourselves,” adding, “It’s a long weekend. There’s a lot of fun going on, so we want you to have a great time.” (Almeida is the off-camera warm-up host for “Dancing With The Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”)

After Bruce Rosenbloom, chief executive of the Television Academy, said a few words, the Emmy nominees Lily Tomlin and Bob Bergen joined him to help hand out certificates of recognition to the actors.  Tomlin was nominated for “An Apology to Elephants;” Bergen, for “The Looney Tunes Show.”

One by one, the nominees ascended the stage, starting with a very glamorous and very pregnant Morena Baccarin of “Homeland.” “Next year we’ll have the baby here,” said Bergen.

As the statuesque Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad” came onstage, a voice could be heard saying an emphatic, “Don’t end the show.” (I wish it wouldn’t end either, and on another subject, I wholeheartedly applaud Gunn – whom I met at last year’s LA Opera Gala – for her letter to the N.Y. Times about the websites devoted to hating her character, Skyler White.)

It was certainly a starry night, as nearly all the Emmy nominees turned up to accept certificates for their outstanding performances. More were Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family,” “Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter and Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey,” “Sarah Paulson and “James Cromwell of “American Horror Story: Asylum,“ “Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky of “Veep,” Imelda Staunton and Toby Jones “The Girl,” “Cat Deeley of “So You Think You Can Dance,” Connie Britton of “Nashville,”  Mayim Bialik of “>Big Bang Theory,” John Benjamin Hickey of “The Big C: Hereafter,” Matt LeBlanc of “Episodes,” Dan Bucatinsky of “Scandal,” Allison Holker of “Dancing With The Stars,” Linda Cardellini of “Mad Men,” and voice-over actress June Foray.

Sponsors included Audi, Grey Goose, Citi, L’Oreal, People Magazine, United Airlines and Beaulieu Vineyard, which had an 18-liter bottle of Georges LaTour on display for the stars to autograph, so that the wine-filled bottle could later be sold for the benefit of the TV Academy Foundation’s educational programs..

PreEmmy Performers Nominee Reception


Top photo:  From left, Emmy nominees Mayim Bialik of “Big Bang Theory,” Matt LeBlanc of “Episodes” and Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family” at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards PreEmmy Performers Nominee Reception (Photo by Frank Micelotta/ Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/ AP Images)

Second photo: Third-time Emmy nominee Dot-Marie Jones of “Glee” shows off her certificate of recognition at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards PreEmmy Performers Nominee Reception (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/ Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/ AP Images)

Third photo:  From left, Emmy nominees Cat Deeley of “So You Think You Can Dance,” Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad” and Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards PreEmmy Performers Nominee Reception (Photo by Vince Bucci/ Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/ AP Images)

Fourth photo: Emmy nominees Connie Britton of “Nashville,” left, and Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards PreEmmy Performers Nominee Reception (Photo by Vince Bucci/ Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/ AP Images)



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PreEmmy Performers Nominee Reception

Published Sept. 22, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA