BAFTA/LA hosts Emmys party

When you throw a teaparty in England, you can never be sure if it will rain. In L.A., there might be the opposite problem as BAFTA/LA found Saturday at its Emmy eve fete on the rooftop of the London Hotel.

BAFTA/LA topper and Variety prexy Neil Stiles noted, “It’s a little hot,” but otherwise proclaimed himself pleased. TV, with gaming, is the fastest-growing membership category of the org. “This is a wonderful turnout,” he added. “It’s one of our three most popular events.”

“American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe had flown in for the weekend from Chicago where he’d been working. His advice, like many others, was to lay off the alcohol. “Don’t drink too much, too soon,” he said. “I’m only on ginger ale.”

“Downton Abbey’s” Julian Fellowes said, “You get sort of psyched up, it’s only three or four days. You have to keep going for that time.”

His star Michelle Dockery said her high-heeled shoes were quite comfortable. “My advice is when you don’t have to wear them, take them off,” she said.

“I love heels,” said Archie Panjabi. “If I came here in trainers or flats, I wouldn’t feel like I’m enjoying myself.”

Eric Stonestreet joked that he was attending number 413 of 415 events that weekend. His counsel: “Enjoy yourself, relax know that it won’t always be this way so enjoy every moment.”

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