Emmy Parties 2016: Inside the Celebrations For TV’s Biggest Night

Variety Staff

It’s glam galore as stars take in all of the Emmy Awards fare in Los Angeles. Variety will also be inside all of the invite-only parties with your favorite TV stars toasting to the past year in television. Here’s our report for the jam-packed week of Hollywood’s hottest bashes leading up to the main event on Sunday, Sept. 18. 

Audi Party:

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” lead Cuba Gooding Jr. slid into the very fresh and yet-to-be-opened Catch L.A. rooftop restaurant in West Hollywood Thursday night, chatting the night away until well after midnight. Jamie Foxx also made a surprise appearance in a closed section with “Empire” star Tasha Smith, who ultimately made a lap around the room with her pal Mary J. Blige. Meanwhile, other stars tended to their own onscreen crew. Cool kids of “Modern Family” Sarah Hyland, Nolan Gould, and Ariel Winter took photos together near the bar area as nominee Constance Zimmer hung out on the dance floor with “UnReal” season 2 bachelor B.J. Britt.

“I’m fanning out, I’m definitely fanning out right now,” “Stranger Things” actor Joe Keery told Variety once “Veep” nominee Tony Hale joined him on the carpet. The party boasted additional talents, including “Transparent” star Melora Hardin, and Elizabeth Banks.

“Blackish” actress Yara Shahidi appeared later in the evening, dancing to current hip-hop tunes with her mom/manager, while “Mr. Robot” standout Rami Malek spent the majority of his night enjoying the Hollywood skyline on the patio with friends.

Variety and Women in Film’s Emmy Nominee Celebration:

Hosted at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, Variety and Women in Film’s Emmy nomination reception on Friday attracted the likes of Julie Bowen, Amanda PeetFelicity HuffmanTatiana Maslany, Ryan Murphy and Jill Soloway.

THIS Alia Shawkat and Donald Glover mingle at Variety and Women In Film’s Pre-Emmy Celebration. Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

Television Industry Advocacy Awards Gala:

The Friday event, presented by TV Guide Magazine and TV Insider to benefit The Creative Coalition, took a moment to recognize celebrities not for themselves, but for their work around social issues. Honorees of the night included Emmy-nominated Jill Soloway, Tony Hale, Michael Kelly, Niecy Nash and Derek Hough. Reid Scott, Dean Norris and Sandra Lee were also there to support and present the awards, while Wendi McLendon-Covey of “The Goldbergs” hosted the evening at the Sunset Tower Hotel.

Although the spotlight wasn’t on the celebrities the room was still warm with heartfelt compliments and gratitude for how much work had been done. “All you gotta do is look around, somebody is always in need of something,” Nash said before she accepted her award on stage. Hough echoed the “Getting On” star when he stated, “In general we just need to look out for each other and not judge each other so much and get behind each other and humanity.”

Television Academy’s Performers Peer Group Celebration:

A number of Emmy nominees made the Pacific Design Center their first stop on Friday night, as the stars were toasted for their outstanding performances in television. “American Crime” star Regina King walked in ahead of her onscreen son, Trevor Jackson, while “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” standout Courtney B. Vance posed next to wife and “American Horror Story” vet Angela Bassett.

“I’ll be taking some pictures tonight, don’t worry!” Vance said in comparison to his appearance at last year’s fete–which consisted of him playing the background while Bassett soaked in her 2015 Emmy nod. “It’s a wonderful time. One minute they wanna talk to you, the next minute they don’t. I just go with the flow. I’m the same person I was last year today.”

 TV Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum and Television Academy governor Bob Bergen were also on hand to give kudos to the performers, writers, and producers in attendance.

Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party:

The Nightingale Plaza, which is appropriately wallpapered with filigree detailed nightingales, was packed wall to wall with some of the most recognizable talent on TV. While Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” and other electronic and eclectic hits accompanied the night, celebrities celebrated their own before the big reveal on Sunday.

“There’s nothing to be nervous about! The fact that there’s so much TV and it gets dwindled down to just six people — I’m happy to be one sixth of that equation,” said Tituss Burgess, who is nominated for his role on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” The star-studded guest list also included Shiri ApplebyBilly BrownRuPaulMatt Walsh and Robin Tunney.

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