Emmy Weekend Kicks Off With Audi Party, Broad Museum Opening

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Niecy Nash Audi
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Audi Celebrates Emmy Week:
Amidst sultry monochromatic white décor and pops of neon-colored light from custom LED towers — crafted by event designer Tony Schubert — a spirited group of nominated TV talent and Hollywood partygoers kicked off awards weekend at Audi’s sixth annual pre-Emmy party at Cecconi’s on Thursday night.

“Veep’s” Tony Hale had some idea why his co-star and recurring best actress winner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus — who was also mingling about the patio — gets such acclaim. “Not only is she a good comic actress, but you have to know how to carry the authority of the Vice President. And you believe her,” he said of the star who last year requested that he carry her purse if she win (so he rushed onstage when she did).

Professional skier Lindsey Vonn and actors Joel McHale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale

As for the appeal of his show, best comedy series contender “Veep,” Hale noted, “I think it gives a humanity to the political system. Especially in a political season, people are used to perfect sound bites of politicians and posturing, but we show the behind-the-scenes – that these people are human beings.” And naturally funny ones, at that. “We don’t need ‘Veep’ with what’s going on right now in politics. It’s already hilarious,” Hale said. “I think Trump alone could be his own comedy.”

Another comedy, HBO’s “Getting On,” earned supporting actress Niecy Nash her first Emmy nom — which caused her to cry “the ugly cry” upon hearing the news. “For such a long time, I have been very lovingly and gently told by this industry, ‘you do one thing: you do big, you do broad, you do over the top,’” she said. “And I think that being invited to do something that was so different and such a departure made people turn around and go, ‘wait a minute, we didn’t know you knew how to do that.’”

People clearly knew choreographer Travis Wall could dance — as evidenced by the 2015 Emmy he scored for “So You Think You Can Dance” — but he was disappointed the reality show’s nominated host Cat Deeley, who made her first appearance since announcing her pregnancy, wasn’t similarly rewarded. “I’m hoping (she wins) next year,” Wall said, “because the way she cares for the contestants, the way she knows the show, it really is amazing.”

“Modern Family’s” Nolan Gould and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

In another show of cast camaraderie, “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who came with his husband, joked around with co-star Nolan Gould. Meanwhile, “Boardwalk Empire’s” Vincent Piazza hung at a booth with his girlfriend; “Sharknado’s” Tara Reid reminisced about the NY party scene; “Scandal’s” Tony Goldwyn caught up with co-star and nominee Khandi Alexander; and “Community’s” Joel McHale made the rounds, snapping a selfie with Louis-Dreyfus, Hale and skier Lindsey Vonn. Other stars, like “Breaking Bad’s” Betsy Brandt, “Scream Queens'” Diego Boneta, “Life in Pieces'” Thomas Sadoski, “Vampire Diaries'” Kat Graham and “Orange is the New Black’s” Nick Sandow snacked on gourmet pizza and cheeseburgers, while dancing to tunes by DJ Best, and after being transported by Audi A8 L TDI vehicles — which will also chauffeur the 67th Emmy Awards presenters on awards night.

The 50 piece orchestra during the Inaugural Dinner for the opening of The Broad Museum on Thursday, September 17, 2015, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Nicholas Gingold/Capture Imaging)
The 50-piece orchestra during the Inaugural Dinner for the opening of The Broad Museum

The Broad Museum inaugural dinner and celebration:
It may be Emmys week, but Eli Broad and Edye Broad had a museum to open Thursday in downtown L.A. Guests arrived on the red carpet in front of the Disney Concert Hall to tour the museum, which boasts a striking sponge-y facade designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

“It’s a privilege to create a new public place to explore art, to reconsider what art is, to confront challenging topics and to revel in beauty,” said The Broad’s founding director Joanne Heyler. “That Los Angeles is a place to do such a thing has a lot to do with (Eli Broad).”

Broad praised his wife Edye as the family’s first collector and said the museum “represents our partnership and our shared vision of giving back to this city and making art accessible to the broadest possible audience.” Heyler said that they were eagerly anticipating Sunday’s grand opening and had already booked nearly 100,000 advance tickets, all free to the public.

While inside, the art came to life as patrons like Michael Ovitz and Wendi Deng Murdoch mingled with the artists Ed Ruscha, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Barbara Kruger and John Baldessari. At the black tie dinner, Julian Schnabel (in pajamas, of course) flagged the waiters to bring more matzo, which he generously passed around the table. Owen Wilson came by to chat with Schnabel and Peter Brant, while Mark Bradford and Gwyneth Paltrow held their own dance party.

From left, Actor Owen Wilson, Artist Jeff Koons, Founder Eli Broad, and Artist Takashi Murakami pose during the Inaugural Dinner for the opening of The Broad Museum on Thursday, September 17, 2015, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Nicholas Gingold/Capture Imaging)
Owen Wilson, artist Jeff Koons, founder Eli Broad and artist Takashi Murakami

Artist Takashi Murakami, who’s also in town curating a Japanese ceramics exhibition at Blum & Poe, noted that the museum’s architecture elevates the profile of the city. He said he was especially taken with the tall escalator that escorts the viewer to the third floor viewing gallery.

To cap off the evening, Heyler introduced another contemporary artist to perform for the star-studded crowd: Chrissie Hynde.

(Pictured: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Niecy Nash embrace at the Audi Emmy celebration.)