The Emmy Awards is known for its red carpet, designer gowns, and paparazzi fueled frenzies. After the golden statuettes have been awarded and the speeches are finished, the stars get ready for party time.
The Emmy Awards are presented yearly by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to recognize achievement in the television industry. In January of 1949, the first statuette was given for “Outstanding Personality” to female ventriloquist Shirley Dinsdale.
Throughout the 1950’s and early 1960’s, known as the Golden Age of Television, the Television Academy grew. Chapters united on the East and West coasts. As membership grew, the Emmy Awards ceremonies grew larger and more lavish.
So did the parties.
Win or lose, the stars love a party.
Emmy Award partying is a weekend-long event. Friday September 20th featured Variety’s sponsored party to celebrate this year’s female nominees. Entertainment Weekly’s Pre-Emmy party was held the same night.
On Saturday September 21st, Showtime and NBC Universal invited the stars to mingle, eat and drink.
Sunday brings the glitz and glamour, primping and posing on the red carpet before the gala event.
When the spotlights dim on the stage at the Nokia Theater, the atmosphere then lights up in the Los Angeles Convention Center’s West Hall.
It’s party time.
When the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards are over, close to 4000 guests are expected at the Emmy Awards’ Governors Ball. This event currently is the largest sit-down dinner held annually in the U.S.
The theme this year includes a huge enchanted forest. The breathtaking display features 400 tables with blue and aqua tendrils suspended from the ceiling. Music and dancing on the elevated 60 foot dance floor will be on the agenda. Almost 6000 bottles of wine will be poured. Kitchens will be staffed by dozens of chefs and hundreds of servers.
Winners can also get their statuettes immediately engraved at a special station called the “Emmy Winner’s Circle.”
Stars who are looking for some fun after the Governors Ball might attend one of the more intimate parties hosted by A-list celebrities held throughout the town.
“Mad Men” star Jon Hamm and “Parks and Recreation” actress Amy Poehler are having a loser’s bash. It has been planned specifically for those who will not hoist a statuette. They promise a non-winner’s gathering that will be “bigger and better” than last year.
Winners can attend Hamm and Poehler’s party without their Emmy hardware and with a $1000 check for charity.
Also on Sunday evening, HBO, Netflix, AMC, IFC, and Sundance will be holding exclusive events promoting their stars and programming.
Winners will be busy between celebrations entertaining questions from the media and posing for photos with their award.
How long will the stars party?
Socializing and celebrating will go on until after sunrise. Winners and celebrity news hosts will work well into the next day providing live East Coast coverage for morning news shows, and preparing for Monday’s entertainment broadcasts.
Every year, Hollywood’s night time turns to party time after the Primetime Emmy Awards conclude.
By Jennifer Knickman