Tightened security, no booze at the bar and late arrivals marked the beginning of the 2016 Emmys. Our reporter on the scene fills us in on what went on at Sunday’s ceremony when cameras weren’t around.
Security is much tighter around the ceremony. Police are opening trunks and searching all cars, even civilians dropped off in the parking garage without any red carpet access.
Guillermo from Jimmy Kimmel Show does audience warmup. He introduces the kids from Stranger Things who sing and perform a chroeogrpahed dance to “Uptown Funk” Audience loves it.
From Jimmy Kimmel’s opening celebrity packed package, the industry audience in the room loved the Jeb Bush as the presidential limo driver and Ryan Seacrest getting torched bits the best.
Kyle MacLachlin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Michael Kelly, and Courtney Vance didn’t make it inside the theater in time for the show to start. During Kimmel’s monologue, they are stuck with about 100 others in the back of the theater in an entry hallway. Kelly and Vance are fanning themselves with their tickets. It’s hot in here.
The bars aren’t serving alcohol. Per routine, organizers closed the bars at 4:30 with a promise to reopen them at 5:15pm. They omitted the key “without alcohol.” People are grumpy.
Industry sightings: As a writer from “People v OJ Simpson” wins an award, Fox TV Chairman Gary Newman and The Weinstein Co COO David Glasser are both watching it happen side by side on a monitor in the lobby.
During commercials, they’re showing a live feed of Packers vs. Vikings from NBC’s Sunday Night Football inside the theatre.
The room loves Sterling K. Brown’s win. He gets a standing O from the front sections. Back at the dawn of Emmy season at a screening of the finale, Brown said he was the only lawyer on the show who had to audition.
Ushers hand out free brown bag lunches throughout the audience. Inside: PB and J sandwiches, an apple, juice boxes, a cookie, and a handwritten note from Jimmy Kimmel’s mom. “Win or lose, your mom will always love you,” it says. “Don’t get drunk.”