EMMYS, EMMYS, EMMYS!

I want to Talk about the Emmy celebrations, which is much more than the ultra yearly Awards Show televised on Monday. Many in our community know about the Creative Arts Emmys, celebrated last week, honoring the behind the scenes artists who make the scenes we see so vital, beautiful and believable. But the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a celebratory congregation. Hence lotsa parties honoring honorees … and most anything else “Television!”

There were receptions for Directors (at the DGA), Writers (in the Academy, turned campground).

Also, in the woods with a bear and Forest Ranger servers, SAG-AFTRA joined with the Academy Diversity Committee for the Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity. As a Senior Chair for SAG-AFTRA, this was my main gig and it was heartening to see this burgeoning group of diverse players. Dan Bucatinsky (last years Emmy winner for Scandal) was with his charming and beautiful mother, and he took a selfie of us, which pleased me so. It was really fine to see Robert David Hall, long time devotee to the Performers With Disabilities Committee, and still starring in CSI! We’ve spent decades working together towards equitable depictions in all categories. Clyde Kusatsu (SAG-AFTRA Vice President, Los Angeles,) was there along with David White (SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director). Joe Morton was standing tall (well, he is tall) after receiving the Emmy for Guest Performer in Drama Series Scandal. Jason George, star of Mistresses, is the Chair of SAG-AFTRA’s Diversity Committee (which includes chairs of the various groups such as Seniors (me), EEOC, PWD, Women, Native American, Asian, LGBT, and other bases that need attention). A star studded great night towards responsible television.

The producers group partied on the roof of the London Hotel, where we were blown away (almost literally) by some wind, by Gordon Ramsay’s treats and the illustrious attendees. Steven Levitan was congenial and put up with me praising the use of senior women in an episode of his show, Modern Family. Not mingling with producers often enough, I couldn’t identify who was who all the time. So it was fun to be engaged with a group of cheerful young table mates and find they are producers of The Voice. One of their group, turns out, was a puppeteer on Gremlins 2 and that we worked together. Pierre Patrik, new member, was making himself known, and was thrilled to be meeting illustrious colleagues. I was happy to meet a Facebook friend, Donna Neame, a lovely lady whose grandsonGareth Neame, is the creator and executive producer of Downton Abbey! Heady company and a fun lady. David acquainted himself with Billy Bob Thornton, whom he kept bumping into, but he’s not dangerous, in fact he’s an effortless charmer.

And the next night at the Actors reception, at the Pacific Design Center, Billy Bob and Dave reunite

d. This is always an extraordinary party, catered by Wolfgang Puck, who showed why he is at the top of the Hollywood heap. A highlight is when Bruce Rosenblum, Chairman and CEO of the Academy, introduces all the nominees. One by one they come on the stage and take a photo with Actor’s Governor Bob Bergen. Bob, along with Lily Tomlin, are elected representatives for the Actors. I adore him, not only because he is the voice of Porky Pig, but also because he loves animals and is loveable himself. He had the fantastic chore of welcoming actors like Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter (Mr. Carson), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), and Joanne Froggatt (Anna). And from Orange is the New Black, Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Kate Mulgrew and Emmy Winning Actress in a Comedy, Uzo Aduba. (I have to say it was a diversity joy to hear the fans screaming, “Uzo, Uzo, Uzo” while running after her for pictures. There were so many performers, I can’t possibly name them all, but I can name Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family and Allison Janney (nominee for Best Actress in a comedy (Mom, and Winner of Best Guest Actress in a Drama, (Masters of Sex) … versatile her!

Running out of festive space, but this column will be continued on the Tolucan Times’ website: www.tolucantimes.com. More pictures and if time, The Prime Time Show on Monday!

So, we’ll Talk (and Talk and Talk!)

Robert David Hall, of “CSI”, is a long time activist for Performers with Disabilities with SAG-AFTRA.

Dan Bucatinsky, Emmy winner last year for “Scandal”, taking a selfie with his lovely mom and a surprised Jackie.

[And for Internet]: BEAR IN THE WOODS.

AMBIENCE. At the Television Academy, transformed into a park for many Emmy Celebrations.

And…. MORE PIC TO COME…. 

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