The Emmy weekend parties kicked off Friday with an ATAS-hosted fiesta for the performer nominees at the Pacific Design Center’s WP restaurant.
And while there was a fair turnout of nominees, one high-profile guest thought there should be more — and not just at the party.
“They should go to 10 nominees in each category,” said Showtime prexy Robert Greenblatt. “There’s never been more original programming in the history of television, and we’re stuck with just five nominees.”
As it was, the nominees on hand included Sandra Oh, Anna Paquin, Robert Duvall, Lorraine Bracco and screen legend Leslie Caron, who referred to herself as “the most promising newcomer of 1951” at Sept. 8’s Creative Arts Awards.
Hosting the affair was Academy of Television Arts & Sciences topper Dick Askin, who on Saturday was at the Wattles Mansion in Hollywood, where ATAS and BAFTA/LA hosted their fifth annual tea party. The palatial, 1907 Mexican Revival manor provided a regal setting for the affair. The valet parking, however, was somewhat less impressive (the Aztec empire could revive in the time it took to get to the place). Eventually, all 400 guests, including Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Elaine Stritch, Saffron Burrows and Nigel Lythgoe, arrived.
That night Entertainment Weekly spent a bundle making William Shatner feel like a million bucks. The “Boston Legal” star was among guests including Jane Krakowski, Neil Patrick Harris and John Stamos who filled Hollywood’s Opera and Crimson club for what looked like the most expensive pre-Emmy party in the history of pre-Emmy parties.
“What the Vanity Fair party is to the Oscars, we are to the Emmys,” declared publisher Dave Morris.
Over at Spago, NBC Universal’s pre-Emmy party was hopping with the studio’s execs, scribes, helmers and stars, not to mention agents — it seemed everywhere you looked there was a staffer from “The Office” or a savior from “Heroes.” Alec Baldwin was surrounded by a hub of well-wishers. Kathy Griffin, while in line for the ladies’ room, picked up compliments for her win (unveiled at the Creative Arts ceremony) for Bravo’s “My Life on the D-List.” And there was much chatter about the goings-on the previous night at the private party thrown by NBC U co-chairman Ben Silverman and impresario Brent Bolthouse. Among the more talked-about aspects of the affair at a rented 10,000-square-foot mansion in the Hollywood Hills: the caged tiger that greeted guests, the number of girls in bikinis running around and, of course, Paris Hilton.