For once, no one in Hollywood was fashionably late, as it wasn’t long after the posted start time before crowds formed inside West Hollywood’s Gracias Madre Friday for Variety and Women in Film’s Emmy Nominee Celebration, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and Fiji Water.
“Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen yelled, “Everybody’s at this Variety party!” on the red carpet, and she was right.
The crowd was a mix of TV elite talent, execs, producers, directors and reps. “Shameless” actress Shanola Hampton chatted with “Rizzoli and Isles'” Sasha Alexander, who guest-starred on the past season of the Showtime dramedy. Paula Abdul and “The Vampire Diaries” creator Julie Plec both seemed amused by fans as “Fear the Walking Dead’s” Kim Dickens chatted with “Hotwives of Las Vegas'” Casey Wilson (the two appeared together in last year’s film adaptation of “Gone Girl”).
Emmy power couple Felicity Huffman (who is now brunette for her role in Season 2 of “American Crime”) and William H. Macy, who are nominated this year for Season 1 of “American Crime” and “Shameless,” respectively, arrived a bit later as did “Game of Thrones'” Gwendoline Christie,” “Parks and Recreation’s” Retta, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway, “The Honorable Woman’s” Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Scream Queens” and “American Horror Story’s” Ryan Murphy and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Jane Krakowski, who commented on the crowd. New “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah was the last to arrive, taking his time to schmooze with reporters on the red carpet.
With VIP transportation provided by Mercedes-Benz and a 2016 AMG GT S on display, the celebs walked the red carpet and bellied up to the bar for specialty Svedka vodka cocktails and grabbed Fiji Water with straws.
As the night wore on, the music pulsed to a mix of classics like Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” and Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” well after dinner turned to desserts and last call. “Masters of Sex’s” Beau Bridges and his wife exited the party with a kiss under the patio lights.