Emmy Awards Events 2022: Partying with the A-Listers

The A-List Events

See how the stars are celebrating TV’s biggest night.

 

In the first full-blown Emmys weekend since 2019, there’s a full slate of events leading up to Monday night’s ceremony, with Netflix, Disney, HBO, Apple, Paramount, UTA and CAA all hosting celebrations — along with SAG-AFTRA’s own Nominees Night bash. The annual BAFTA TV Tea Party, though, will no longer go on following Queen Elizabeth II’s death.

The hottest parties alongside TV’s top talent and execs.

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Nominees Night

Nominees Night, hosted by SAG-AFTRA, welcomed a star-studded group of Emmy honorees to a stunning penthouse inside 8899 Beverly in West Hollywood on Saturday, including Andrew Garfield, Quinta Brunson, Christina Ricci, Melanie Lynskey, Sam Richardson, Toheeb Jimoh, Sarah Niles, Nicholas Braun, J. Smith-Cameron, Hannah Einbinder, Kaitlyn Dever, Natasha Rothwell, Michael Stuhlbarg and Nicole Byer.

Inside the event, which was sponsored by Heineken with Casamigos and FIJI water served, Garfield held court, sharing a laugh (and expressing his Ted Lasso fandom) with Richardson and Jimoh, and words with Bradley Whitford, who also chatted with Succession stars Braun and Arian Moayed. Einbinder played social butterfly as well, taking photos with Brunson (who later shared a hug with Byer) and Severance‘s Jen Tullock.

West Side Story star Rachel Zegler made an appearance, sitting alongside Byer and What We Do in the Shadows’ Harvey Guillen, then later chatting with Yellowjackets star Jasmin Savoy Brown. Brown’s co-stars Ricci and Samantha Hanratty, who play different eras of the same character on the Showtime series, stopped for a photo together, as additional Yellowjackets star Tawny Cypress arrived late in the evening and squealed at the site of Ricci. Lynskey and husband Jason Ritter entered shortly after but not before Ritter got a chance to say hello to Garfield at the valet.

Nominees Danny Strong, Himesh Patel, Robin Thede, Tony Shalhoub and Sheryl Lee Randolph were also in attendance, along with guests Britt Lower and Tramell Tillman (of Severance), Steve Levitan, Abbi Jacobson, Patrick Fabian, Cristo Fernández, Poorna Jagannathan, Amy Landecker, Patton Oswalt, Nasim Pedrad and director Adam Nee, along with execs Casey Bloys, Michael Ellenberg and Charlie Collier.

 

Tawny Cypress, Steven Kreuger, Samantha Hanratty, Bart Nickerson and Christina Ricci ALEX J. BERLINER/ABIMAGES
Hannah Einbinder, Quinta Brunson ALEX J. BERLINER/ABIMAGES
Tramell Tillman, Britt Lower ALEX J. BERLINER/ABIMAGES
Andrew Garfield, Bradley Whitford ALEX J. BERLINER/ABIMAGES
Nicholas Braun MICHAEL KOVAC/THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER VIA GETTY IMAGES
Rachel Zegler and Jasmin Savoy Brown MICHAEL KOVAC/THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER VIA GETTY IMAGES

Paramount

The corporate parent company’s Emmy party Saturday night hosted talent from shows like Station Eleven, Yellowjackets, The Offer, The Amazing Race, RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Oval and TV executives from its companies including CBS, Showtime, Nickelodeon, MTV Entertainment Studios, BET+ and Paramount+. All strolled the sapphire-colored carpet leading into the newly opened Catch Steak LA, where THR spotted CBS Network president Kelly Kahl and Paramount chief Nicole Clemens.

Though Trevor Noah skipped the carpet, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah executive producer Jennifer Flanz said that “it was a win to get nominated seven times this year.” When asked why the show resonates with viewers so much, Flanz offered, “I think Trevor’s voice — he just connects with the audience really well. He’s authentic, and people can feel it, and that’s why they watch.”

Yellowjackets’ ensemble showed up in large numbers with Ricci, Cypress, Steven Krueger, Hanratty and Sophie Nélisse, among others, embracing each other on the carpet and posing for group photos. Once inside, a few cast members kicked off the dance floor, looking more like old friends than colleagues. Several of the actors confirmed that the Yellowjackets cast has a lively group chat they predict will likely be buzzing Monday evening.

“I think we’re all a little bit still in shock with how the show has been received,” says Krueger, who plays Ben Scott. “Just to see the evolution of the show and the reception of the show both from critics and the audience is overwhelming. Now here we are, almost three years after we shot the pilot, and we’re finally getting to celebrate alongside some of the best people in television, and it’s just really exciting.”

The Catch Steak LA layout lent itself to pods of conversations. RuPaul held court at a red leather booth, catching up with Loni Love and other friends while Kenya Barris worked the room, stopping and greeting people (like cast members of Tyler Perry’s BET+ show Sistas) in between the standing cocktail tables. Novi Brown, who stars as Sabrina Hollins on Sistas, said she’s particularly excited to see “anyone of color” Monday night, adding, “it’s just our time right now.”

Disability advocate and model Jillian Mercado, who plays Maribel on The L Word: Generation Q, spoke to THR about being part of a show with a longstanding legacy and devoted fanbase. “It’s really beautiful because this is my first TV experience so it’s like, ‘How lucky did I get to be a part of a cast that really understands what diversity and inclusion is?’ We’re telling real stories so the legacy of still being that leader in telling relatable stories is such a privilege to be a part of.”

On the second floor, Chace Crawford chatted with friends and took selfies, while The Offer star Juno Temple made the rounds, as did Julianne Hough and Hayden Panettiere. Station Eleven writer-producer Patrick Somerville and lead actor Himesh Patel, both nominated this year, spoke about the thrill of celebrating a show that balanced high stakes and genuine, human moments.

Said Somerville: “We were a show that was maybe a tough watch because of the pandemic, but I think Station Eleven is just a positive, fun, healing kind of show, and I’m just really glad that the Television Academy and enough viewers connected to it to make it breakthrough.” — Evan Nicole Brown

 

David Nevins, Nicole Clemens and Gary Levine DAVID LIVINGSTON/GETTY IMAGES
Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter DAVID LIVINGSTON/GETTY IMAGES
Trevor Noah DAVID LIVINGSTON/GETTY IMAGES
Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson DAVID LIVINGSTON/GETTY IMAGES
Courtney Eaton, Sophie Nélisse and Samantha Hanratty DAVID LIVINGSTON/GETTY IMAGES

UTA

Awards weekends typically kick off with a string of talent agency bashes, and this year was no different as UTA posted up on the rooftop of the chic Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. It boasted nominee and Emmy Awards host Kenan Thompson on the official invite, and seen making the rounds inside the bash (while searching for dry spots on a rainy night) were Succession nominee Sarah Snook, Insecure nominee Issa Rae, Killing Eve nominee Sandra Oh, Ted Lasso nominees Sam Richardson and Ashley Nicole Black, Severance breakout Britt Lower, Yellowjackets creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, HBO boss Casey Bloys, The Dropout nominee Michael Showalter, Squid Game’s Park Hae-soo, Patton Oswalt, Max Greenfield, Better Call Saul nominees Rhea Seehorn and Mark Johnson, Christian Slater, White Lotus star Jake Lacy, Hacks star Megan Stalter, Emmanuel Acho, Dennis Quaid, Stranger Things‘ Eduardo Franco, Yellowjackets‘ Liv Hewson, Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy nominees Coodie and Chike, Phil Lord, Showtime’s Jana Winograde, Hulu’s Sasha Silver, Fox’s Charlie Collier, NBC’s Susan Rovner, Shondaland’s Allison Eakle, Searchlight’s Gina Kwon, Apple TV+’s Erin May and HBO’s Francesca Orsi.

Sarah Snook and Dave Lawson JUSTIN BISHOP
Sandra Oh and UTA partner and co-head of TV talent Nancy Gates JUSTIN BISHOP
Issa Rae JUSTIN BISHOP
TV talent agent Jacqueline Kim, manager Charles Pak and Daniel Dae Kim JUSTIN BISHOP
UTA co-heads of TV talent Mike Jelline and Nancy Gates with HBO chief content officer Casey Bloys JUSTIN BISHOP

CAA

There was more to chat about inside this agency bash than stormy weather. Held at The Rose in Venice, this year’s Emmy celebration marked the first time CAA has mounted a major awards event following the June completion of its acquisition of ICM Partners. That meant new reps and clients made the always exclusive guest list with some noting the “bizarreness” of seeing ICM folks at a CAA bash. The exec quotient was said to be high inside with sightings including Jon Hamm holding court at the bar, Bill Lawrence and his Ted Lasso talent making the rounds, Abbott Elementary’s Quinta Brunson chatting up a photographer, Yellowjackets nominee Christina Ricci and Only Murders in the Building showrunner John Hoffman mingling, Barry star Henry Winkler hanging with his wife, son and actress daughter-in-law while BJ Novak strolled through the party solo.

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CAA’s Richard Lovett, Ron Howard, Kim Ji-yeon and Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk ALEX J. BERLINER/ABIMAGES
Maya Hawke and HoYeon Jung ALEX J. BERLINER/ABIMAGES
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Quinta Brunson ALEX J. BERLINER/ABIMAGES
Benji Bar-David and Ariana DeBose BEN SHMIKLER/ABIMAGES
Linda Bruckheimer, Jon Hamm, Jerry Bruckheimer and Anna Osceola ALEX J. BERLINER/ABIMAGES
Henry Winkler and Zoey Deutch ALEX J. BERLINER/ABIMAGES

Performers Nominees Reception

Extreme weather has been battering Los Angeles residents, from scorching heat to start the week and rainstorms to close it out. But after landing on the red carpet inside the TV Academy’s Saban Media Center on Friday night, Abbott Elementary nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph had another element on the tip of her tongue. “People talk about the wind beneath my wings. Well, I’m soaring right now,” said the veteran star and first-time nominee. “You remember that moment when Sally Fields said [at the Oscars], ‘You like me! You really like me!’ I understand what that means now. I get it, Sally. I get it. I feel the love.”

Ralph wasn’t alone as the love was being spread across the lobby as nominees exchanged congratulations and hugs. Some even got to catch up for the first time in years. “We used to live in the same building in New York that I’ve been living in since Spin City,” White Lotus nominee Connie Britton said of a red carpet encounter with Yellowjackets nominee Christina Ricci. The latter joked, “I was a gross teenager and she was a fully working actress,” adding that she was loving the chance to catch up with her peers. “You don’t often get to meet other actors except for the people working on your shows. I’m not incredibly social because I have that social anxiety thing where I replay every single thing I say to anyone and I usually avoid that by staying home.”

Exploring the scene were Sebastian Stan, Abbott Elementary’s Quinta Brunson, Janelle James, William Stanford Davis and Tyler James Williams, Succession’s Matthew Macfadyen and J.Smith Cameron, Stranger Things star Jamie Campbell Bower, Squid Game’s Park Hae-soo, Dopesick’s Michael Stuhlbarg, nominee Jacinte Blankenship, Ozark’s Jessica Frances Dukes, Ted Lasso’s Sam Richardson, Yellowjackets nominee Melanie Lynskey and husband Jason Ritter, Marta Pozzan, Christopher McDonald, Tramell Tillman, Laverne Cox and more.

“It’s the best thing in the world,” Better Call Saul’s Patrick Fabian said of the opportunity to party with fellow performers. “I’ve worked with so many of these folks because I have been around for about 30 years now. Some like to say, I’ve been passed around town a lot — sometimes nicely and sometimes not. But it’s nice to walk around this room and literally say, ‘Oh, I guess starred with you on Murder She Wrote,’ and, ‘Oh yeah, remember when we did that pilot that we thought for sure was going to get picked up?’ It’s a shared experience here.”

White Lotus nominee Natasha Rothwell called it a dream come true. “Just to be around other people who are as excited to be in the conversation. And I love everyone’s work so much. I’m here for the nomination but I’m also just honored to be able to share the air.”

Nominees Himesh Patel, left, and Sebastian Stan at the Ketel One Family Made Vodka-sponsored event, which also had support from Kia America, Drybar, FIJI Water, Fraciacorta, People, Justin Vineyards & Winery and United Airlines. PRESLEY ANN/INVISION FOR THE TELEVISION ACADEMY/AP IMAGES
Stranger Things breakout Jamie Campbell Bower at the Ketel One Family Made Vodka-sponsored event, which also had support from Kia America, Drybar, FIJI Water, Fraciacorta, People, Justin Vineyards & Winery and United Airlines. RICH POLK/INVISION FOR THE TELEVISION ACADEMY/AP IMAGES
Abbott Elementary stars Tyler James Williams and Sheryl Lee Ralph at the Ketel One Family Made Vodka-sponsored event, which also had support from Kia America, Drybar, FIJI Water, Fraciacorta, People, Justin Vineyards & Winery and United Airlines. PRESLEY ANN AND RICH POLK FOR KETEL ONE
Christopher McDonald, left, and Michael Stuhlbarg at the Ketel One Family Made Vodka-sponsored event, which also had support from Kia America, Drybar, FIJI Water, Fraciacorta, People, Justin Vineyards & Winery and United Airlines. PRESLEY ANN/INVISION FOR THE TELEVISION ACADEMY/AP IMAGES
Ozark star Jessica Frances Dukes at tat the Ketel One Family Made Vodka-sponsored event, which also had support from Kia America, Drybar, FIJI Water, Fraciacorta, People, Justin Vineyards & Winery and United Airlines. RICH POLK/INVISION FOR THE TELEVISION ACADEMY/AP IMAGES
Yellowjackets nominee Christina Ricci and Mark Hampton FRAZER HARRISON/GETTY IMAGES

Humanitas Prize Luncheon

Larry Wilmore hosted the 46th Annual Humanitas Prizes on Friday at the Beverly Hilton, which honored the craft of screenwriting and featured winners in nine juried categories spanning film and television. On the TV side, Black-ish writer Robb Chavis won for comedy teleplay, Pachinko creator Soo Hugh was honored for drama teleplay and Women of the Movement creator Marissa Jo Cerar was tops for limited series, TV movie or special. Winners on the film side included Don’t Look Up from writer Adam McKay for comedy feature film, The Starling from Matt Harris for drama feature film and Encanto from Charise Castro Smith and Jared Bush for family feature film.

Quinta Brunson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Sian Heder, producer Kevin Messick and Everything Everywhere All at Once‘s Stephanie Hsu were among the attendees.

Larry Wilmore DAVID LIVINGSTON/GETTY IMAGES

36th Impact Awards

Adding to the awards being handed out this weekend, the National Hispanic Media Coalition hosted its annual Impact Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire on Friday, celebrating those in the entertainment industry who are positively reflecting the Latinx community. Hosted by Jessica Marie Garcia and Annie Gonzalez, the evening honored George Lopez and Mayan Lopez, recent Emmy winner Colman Domingo, Wilmer Valderrama, Yvett Merino, Xolo Maridueña, Francia Raisa and Apple TV+.

The gala also included special appearances from Rep. Karen Bass, nominee Robin Thede, Blue Beetle director Angel Manuel Soto, Gloria Calderón Kellett, Debby Wolfe, Selenis Leyva and Mónica Ramírez, who served as presenters for this year’s honorees.