Emmy Awards Weekend Kicks Off With Variety and Women in Film Celebration

Lawrence Yee

Emmy weekend kicked off Friday night at Variety and Women In Film’s Emmy nominee celebration.

Celebrities were greeted by a metallic blue Mercedes-Benz S550 convertible as they hit the red carpet at Gracias Madre restaurant in West Hollywood.

Upon seeing the car, Margo Martindale, who was named Outstanding Guest Actress at last week’s Creative Arts Emmys, joked, “Is this the gift at the end of the night?”

Beyond the Rue La La booth, stars took photos at the Shutterstock Portrait Studio. That’s where nominee Constance Zimmer gleefully reunited with her “Unreal” creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, whom she hadn’t seen since nominations. The evening was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, Shutterstock and Rue La La.

There was another reunion of sorts inside, with Michelle Dockery and Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey’s” Lady Mary and Anna, respectively). They were later joined by Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) and Tom Cullen (Tony), the handsome date of nominee Tatiana Maslany.

The mood was jovial, with Eddie Murphy and Kathryn Hahn among those holding court throughout the night.

Among the other nominees that swung by: Sarah Paulson, Niecy Nash, Regina King and Jill Soloway.

Attendees retreated to the open air patio, where a deejay spun all night. And even though it’s past Labor Day, stars like Lea Michele and Lake Bell still sported beachy summer waves.

Inside, guests enjoyed jalapeño margaritas and blackberry bourbon cocktails stenciled with the Variety logo, all scored by the evening’s DJ, Daisy O’Dell. Black bean sliders and figs with truffle cashew cheese were part of the vegan menu.

For even more photos from pre-Emmy parties, click here.

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