RSVIP: 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Party Report
For Luxist, ice began clinking in the cocktail glasses of Emmy-bound celebs at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 27, at the Judith Leiber store on North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Maria Bello and Patricia Arquette were co-hosting a "Don't Forget Haiti" benefit. Yes, Hollywood has a heart. And scores of Emmy hopefuls zipped by on their way to full-fledged Emmy events.
Bello wore a top by Michael Kors and a Leiber "Don't Forget Haiti" pendant as she greeted guests at the door. How did Arquette and Bello team up for the Emmy weekend benefit? "I saw her a couple of weeks after the earthquake in Haiti," Bello told Luxist.
Arquette then mentioned that she is currently "working on a project to help refurbish shipping containers as homes in Haiti." She was wearing a vintage Chanel suit. "Anything past last year is vintage," she quipped. "So I'm vintage."
Guests included Rosario Dawson, Malin Akerman, Katharine McPhee, and Autumn Reeser, of "Entourage," who told Luxist that she would be hosting a baby shower during the Emmy Awards. "I didn't realize it was Emmy weekend," she admitted.
Reeser's "Entourage" co-star Emmanuelle Chriqui mentioned that, over the weekend, she would be supporting her real-life manager Emily Gerson Saines (also present), "nominated because she produced the HBO film 'Temple Grandin.'" Saines and her project would win big on Sunday.
Entertainment Weekly also hosted a pre-Emmy party for "Women in Film" on Friday at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood. The pool area of the hotel was converted into an impromptu red carpet. Fueled by mini burgers and new flavors of Vitaminwater, lemonade, and pomegranate, the party raged on in a trellised back courtyard of the restaurant until 1:00 a.m. Elisabeth Moss from "Mad Men," above, innocently butchered the name of the late French designer she was wearing, Herve Leger (pronounced Er-vay Lay-jay) as if he had been an all American: "Harvey Legger."
"This is my third Emmy Awards," admitted the young actress. "But it's always scary."
"We're actually going this year," said an excited Brooke Burke. "'Dancing with the Stars' is nominated," she added. "I had my final fitting today. The hardest part was choosing the jewelry. There is so much amazing jewelry."
On Saturday, Luxist investigated the P.F. Chang "Frozen Moments" gift lounge backstage in the basement level of the Nokia Theater, where the Emmy Awards would be held the next day. "I'm wearing Alexander McQueen tomorrow," said "True Blood" star Stephen Moyer while raiding the black fabric-draped gifting suite with Anna Paquin, his new bride and "True Blood" co-star, and a modest entourage.
When someone attempted to hand Paquin swag, she took a step back. "I'm not carrying any of this," she said. "I have pride issues." Instead, Sherpas with blown out hair carried her brightly patterned Vera Bradley bags that grew progressively more plump with an AquaSwiss watch, Marchon eyewear, and Vintage Revolution jeans.
When Moyer was asked to write about a moment he'd like to have frozen in time on a scroll of paper taken from inside a giant fortune cookie, he penned, referring to his and Anna's characters on "True Blood": "The first time Bill and Sookie touched hands."
The young couple, who mentioned that they had yet to have time for a honeymoon, also received two nights each at the St. Regis Monarch Beach.
Spies at the Vera Bradley luggage booth told Luxist that Jewel, who would be singing a tribute to late actors at the Awards on Sunday, took a colorfully patterned Vera Bradley cooler for a cross-country motorcycle trip with her husband. A newly buff Ricky Gervais, above, claimed that he's been power-walking in the hills of Hampstead Heath. And Jane Lynch, who would win for "Glee," was wearing her character's characteristic red track suit.
That night at Spago Beverly Hills, NBC partied on with Kathy Griffin, "Law and Order"'s Mariska Hargitay, and Jane Krakowski of "30 Rock." The yummy spread included both a raw bar and a sundae station. Padma Lakshmi and the judges of "Top Chef" tucked into the gummy bears.
Sunday, on a broad sweep of sun-roasted red carpet leading into the Nokia Theater, Nelson Ellis, who plays Lafayette Reynolds on "True Blood," was wearing a black velvet tux jacket from Armani chosen by his aunt. "We didn't know it was going to be 200 degrees," he said.
Cheryl Hines from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" then shared her big drama of the morning: "My dog snuck out," she said. Fortunately, her neighbors nabbed him.
"30 Rock"'s Katrina Bowden, right, form fit a resplendent purple Max Azria creation. A chunky flower made of diamonds on one finger was so sparkly that she told Luxist, "This one's going to be hard to give back."
On the carpet, Steve Carell stepped on a woman's train, did a football victory dance to back away, and then apologized profusely.
Backstage after snagging an award, Kyra Sedgwick mentioned that she had gone to "get waxed" that morning, "just for this. . . ." She then raised her arm and did the royal wave.
George Clooney, who won a humanitarian award, said that to relax that morning, "John Krasinski came over to my house, and we played basketball."
"It's fun back in the green room," added Clooney, who attended with his girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, an Italian underwear model. "At one point I was standing next to Tom Selleck and Al Pacino. And I'm suddenly 14 again."
Meanwhile, Tom Hanks, below, a producer of "The Pacific" answered a veteran journalist excitedly, caught himself, and then apologized, "Sorry for dropping the 'F bomb.'"
Luxist interrogated his wife, Rita Wilson, about her elaborate Prada getup with a crystal overlay. "The dress underneath is a cotton sheath," she answered. "It's crystal but very comfortable." Even her platform heels had large crystals attached that jangled as she walked.
When Claire Danes appeared, holding an Emmy for her title role as Temple Grandin, she announced, speaking of her Armani Privé column dress, "It's a Barbie dress . . . and we're going to party."
Later at the HBO bash, Autumn Reeser told Luxist that her shoes had been killing her at the Entertainment Weekly fete late Friday night and that her friend had "really loved her baby shower that afternoon." And here she was late Sunday night, back out in a chic short party dress with large frills around the shoulders by designer Rachel Gilbert.
HBO was a big winner at the 62nd Emmy Awards for "Temple Grandin," and Pacino's role as Dr. Kevorkian in "You Don't Know Jack." The cable network decorated the Pacific Design Center as if Lilly Pulitzer, the queen of Palm Beach pink and green, was visiting the casbah. Real palm trees matched the acres of green jungle-pattern carpet. Pink plush leaf and zebra-patterned fabric covered the walls and banquettes. And, in the distance, exotic dancers stood on pedestals cantilevered out of high windows.
Anna Paquin, on the arm of Stephen Moyer, had traded the gold breast plate and epaulettes of her edgy McQueen gown on the red carpet at the Emmy awards for a simple black cocktail dress and halo band in her hair. She beamed as she told reporters that married life was . . . "Amazing!"