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BAFTA/LA's annual tea party brings Brits to shore

There weren’t only Brits partying at the BAFTA/LA tea party the night before the Emmys. A sprinkling of Yanks could be seen on the SLS Hotel terrace including Kiernan Shipka and “House of Cards” nominee Kevin Spacey, who could be called an honorary Brit after his long residence in London.

Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes may not be new to the awards season, but, he said, “It’s always exciting. The U.S. does these things very much better than we do. This whole thing of going on for days and days of parties. It’s like a wedding ceremony or something. You know, dinner with the bride’s family, dinner with the groom’s family. And I rather enjoy the whole thing.”

It’s an exciting few days for Fellowes with not just the Emmys but also the fifth season of “Downton” opening in the U.K. and Tuesday’s premiere of his “Romeo and Juliet.”

With 12 nominations, “Downton” has a large contingent at the Emmys. “There’s quite a lot of us.”

The increased presence of Blighty bizzers “reflects the fact that British talent is doing so well now in television,” said BAFTA/LA exec director Donald Haber. “It’s a real renaissance now in British talent.”

Incoming British counsel-general Chris O’Connor said, “It’s yet another fantastic year for the U.K. at the Emmys, the nominations are right across the board in acting, in directing, editing, hair & makeup, you name it, nominations in it. It’s a real thrill to see that recognition of U.K. talent in the film industry at this the supreme event for global television: the Emmys.”

Kattie Kotok, L.A. topper for the British Film Commission, said, “There continues to be a great exchange between the U.S. and the U.K. in creative, talent, production and so forth.”

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