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Audi’s Golden Globes Party Brings out Monica Potter, ‘Scandal’s’ Joe Morton

Audi’s fifth annual party at Cecconi’s kicked off Golden Globes weekend with a bang on Jan. 9.

The party was so packed that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” Terry Crews kept wife Rebecca close so as not to lose her in the throng. Past Globe winner Christoph Waltz huddled with “Ray Donovan” nominee Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts in a quieter corner, while others hit the dance floor and the photo booth.

For “Parenthood’s” Monica Potter, the awards season swirl is new for the first-time nominee.

“I did a little dance in my kitchen,” Potter said of her nomination. “I almost did the splits.”

The nod comes after a heavy season for her character, having battled cancer – a plotline audience members felt brought the already “real” show to another level – and losing the mayorship to her former boss. She believes the success of the show has to do with its relatability, and that it even makes it stand apart from other TV dramas.

“I think everyone can relate to the story lines on this show,” Potter said. “Everyone has something in their life that’s very ‘Parenthoodesque.’”

Fox’s rookie show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has garnered two noms, for best comedy and for lead actor Andy Samberg. Crews said he couldn’t believe the success that the show has seen. He was worried that the show would have only two episodes, and then get “yanked.”

“We really got a vote of confidence,” Crews said. “And the biggest vote of confidence was playing us after the Super Bowl. That’s huge.”

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will be playing after the big game Feb. 2 with Fox’s other hit “New Girl.”

ABC’s “Scandal” made an appearance last night via Joe Morton, who plays Kerry Washington’s intimidating father. Both the show and Washington were nominated for Golden Globes. Morton, Washington and “Scandal” were also all recently nominated for NAACP Image Awards.

“It’s like Christmas,” Morton said. “It means that the show is supported and Shonda’s work is supported. It’s wonderful.”

“I hope Kerry wins,” he continued. “It would be great for her and great for the show obviously. It’s always kind of a crapshoot, so we’ll see.”

The Golden Globes will air live on Sunday, Jan. 12. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will reprise their roles as hosts.

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