Variety and Women In Film Emmy Party

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Poehler, Allison Williams, Mayim Bialik, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Gunn and More at Variety & Women In Film Primetime Emmy Celebration


Contenders for the Primetime Emmy Awards celebrated their nominations with a round of pre-Emmy parties, the Sept. 21 “Variety and Women in Film” soiree, prominent among them.  (Check out the story about the next day’s BAFTA tea for the Emmys here.)

Throughout the evening, actors, writers, producers, directors and others from the nation’s top television shows streamed into Scarpetta at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills for Variety/WIF’s elegant cocktail bash.

“It feels surreal,” said Allison Williams, of the multiple nominations for HBO’s “Girls,” in which she co-stars. Among other categories, the show was nominated for Best Comedy Series.

Williams was unmissable, looking particularly stunning in eye-popping pink. As waiters passed champagne and hors d’oeuvres, she chatted with Azita Ghanizada of “Alphas,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus, nominated for “Veep,” and others in the crowd.

Variety’s publisher Brian Gott and associate publisher Michelle Sobrino-Sterns, together with Women in Film representatives, including WIF board president Cathy Schulman, welcomed Emmy nominees, presenters, a star-studded host committee and more VIPs.

Although the invitation referenced a celebration of the 2012 “female” nominees, plenty of men were in evidence, too. Said Susan Cartsonis, chair of the Women in Film Foundation board, “We support women in film and we love the men who support women in film too.”

Spotted were Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and Ariel Winter of “Modern Family,” Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation,” Mayim Bialik of “The Big Bang Theory,” Zooey Deschanel of “New Girl,” Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and Betsy Brandt of “Breaking Bad,” Christina Hendricks and Kiernan Shipka of “Mad Men,” Sela Ward of “CSI: NY,” Nikki Deloach of “Awkward,” Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef,” Jaime Pressly of “My Name is Earl,” Kim Raver of “24,” Dennis Franz and Sharon Lawrence of “NYPD Blue,” Kate Flannery of “The Office,” Joel McHale of “The Soup,” and the legendary Diahann Carroll.

More were Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey,” Aimee Garcia of “Dexter,” Jennie Garth of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Dreama Walker of “Gran Torino,” Christa B. Allen of “Revenge,” Rachel Leigh Cook of “She’s All That,” Amalie Wichmann of “Mirror Image,” Mehcad Brooks of “Necessary Roughness,” Kim Raver of “24” with Manu Boyer, Jess Weixler of “Teeth,”  Jason Ritter of “Parenthood,” Krysten Ritter of “One Life to Live,” and many more.

Personally I most enjoyed meeting Alex Gansa, writer and executive producer of Showtime’s “Homeland,” my own favorite television series, which happily starts up again Sept. 30 with Season Two. “Homeland” was nominated for three top Emmys: Best Drama series, Best Actress and Best Actor.

Gansa arrived with Morena Baccarin, aka the show’s Jessica Brody, who looked even more stunning up close than on the small screen, and Baccarin’s husband Austin Chick, director of “XX/YY.” (Check out Baccarin in her slinky gown by designer Raoul in the photo gallery below.) 

Other behind-the-scenes notables were “Mad Men” executive producer Matthew Weiner and “Game Change” writer Danny Strong. Not surprisingly, Strong said  he spent seven to eight months researching the HBO film about the 2008 Republican presidential campaign, interviewing 25 people involved in the race. “Everyone but John McCain and Sarah Palin,” Strong said.

Throughout the evening, DJ Daisy O’Dell made it a point to play music by women. And before leaving, guests received bracelets from jewelry-maker Saint Vintage, the evening’s presenting sponsor. 


Top photo:  Allison Williams of HBO’s Emmy-nominated “Girls” and Anita Ghanizada of “Alphas” at the Variety and Women In Film Emmy Party (Olivier photo)

Second photo: Dennis Franz, center, of “NYPD Blue” with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, left, and Eric Stonestreet, right, both nominated for Best Support Actor nominees for their roles in “Modern Family” at the Variety and Women In Film Emmy Party (Olivier photo)

Third photo: Amy Poehler, nominated for Best Comedy Actress for “Parks and Recreation” at the Variety and Women In Film Emmy Party

Fourth photo: From left, Women In Film president Cathy Schulman; Julia Louise-Dreyfus, nominated for Best Comedy Actress for “Veep;” and WIF TV & Media committee chair Danica Krislovich at the Variety and Women in Film Emmy Party (photo: Jonathan Leibson/ WireImage, courtesy of Variety and Women In Film)



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Variety and Women In Film Emmy Party

Published Septmber 22, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA