It was a star-studded evening to remember as the annual Variety and Women in Film pre-Emmy celebration powered by Samsung Galaxy honoring the television nominees was held Saturday night at Gracias Madre on Melrose Avenue.
Partygoers dined on delicious vegan Mexican food and sipped cocktails al fresco sponsored by Crystal Light, and arrived at the party in Mercedes Benz S65 AMG Coupes.
The patio at the hip Mexican eatery on Melrose Avenue was packed with the industry’s biggest names. Laura Prepon was one of the first to arrive. Lizzy Caplan was bombarded with well-wishers predicting her win Monday night. Julianna Margulies and her husband, Keith Lieberthal, chatted with Anne Heche and James Tupper. The cast of “Scandal” — including Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Darby Stanchfield, Jeff Perry, and newly minted Emmy winner Joe Morton — was thrilled to reunite with Dan Bucatinsky, and took several selfies to commemorate the moment. “The Americans” star Annet Mahendru revealed she’s heading back to work on the next season, but has no idea what’s in store. Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin grabbed a photo with Jon Voight, who predicted an Emmy win in his category for Aaron Paul . Cloris Leachman, true to form, photo bombed at every opportunity. Lena Dunham wrapped up the red carpet by kissing Jenni Konner, then claimed a couch inside.
Among the star-studded crowd: “Modern Family” stars Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter and executive producer Chris Lloyd; “Orange is the New Black” stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laverne Cox, Pablo Schreiber and Taryn Manning; “Breaking Bad” stars Betsy Brandt and RJ Mitte; “Fargo” star Allison Tolman and executive producer Noah Hawley; “Mad Men” stars Christina Hendricks and Kiernan Shipka; “Top Chef’s” Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons”; as well as Michelle Monaghan, Michelle Dockery, Lea Michele, Minnie Driver, Sarah Paulson, Cat Deeley, Kate Flannery, “The Big Bang Theory” executive producer Bill Prady, Carole Radziwill, Sophia Bush, Angela Bassett, Carrie Brownstein, and Selena Gomez, among others.
Executives in the crowd included: newly minted Fox TV co-chair/CEO Gary Newman, Showtime chairman and CEO Matt Blank, MGM president Roma Khanna, NBCUni’s Bela Bajaria, ITV Studios’ Orly Adelson and FX prexy/COO Chuck Saftler.
The host committee for the annual party included: Bela Bajaria, Julie Bowen, Lizzy Caplan, Jennifer Caserta, Michelle Dockery, Minnie Driver, Nancy Dubuc, Lena Dunham, Christina Hendricks, Allison Janney, Paul Lee, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Lombardo, Julianna Margulies, Ryan Murphy, David Nevins, Gary Newman, Sarah Paulson, Abbe Raven, Peter Roth, Jennifer Salke, Ted Sarandos, Nina Tassler, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dana Walden, Kerry Washington, Matthew Weiner and Robin Wright.
(Pictured: Lena Dunham and Kerry Washington at the Variety and Women in Film party)