Festivities get stars ready for Monday's Emmys - WNCN: News, Weather

Festivities get stars ready for Monday's Emmys

Posted: Updated:
LOS ANGELES -

Most everyone was still a potential winner as nominees stepped out this weekend to celebrate in advance of Monday's Emmy ceremony.

Festivities began early Saturday afternoon, with the annual BAFTA L.A. TV Tea event, sponsored by the Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which brought out, among dozens of others, nominees from the hit Brit drama "Downton Abbey."

"It's great fun because you get to see everyone before the big day," said actress Michelle Dockery, who portrays the Abbey's Lady Mary Crawley. "It's also ("Downton" actress and nominee) Joanne Froggatt's birthday," Dockery continued, sliding into a joke: "So, it's great! They're putting on all these parties for her."

Froggatt, who actually turned 34 on Thursday, is nominated for playing Lady's Maid Anna Bates. "I think there's four possible parties tonight," Froggatt said. "I don't think I'll make all four. I'll see how my stamina holds out. But, then, tomorrow is quite quiet, just the evening-before party and then the big day."

Among Saturday's other major Emmy-related bashes: the Television Academy's performers nominee reception as well as the "Variety" and Women in Film pre-Emmy celebration.

Like Dockery and Froggatt, actress Mayim Bialik is an Emmy veteran. She has three nominations, but no wins, for her portrayal of neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the sitcom "The Big Bang Theory."

"I usually have Thai food before I go to the Emmys," Bialik said. "I usually put on mopey emotional music, just because it lets me feel something, so I'm not numb with all my anxiety."

When asked about Emmy-day rituals, nominee Jim Carter, best known as "Downton" butler Mr. Carson, replied playfully, "I always check that my fly is up. I think that is essential. I wash thoroughly. And I stand upright. And that's about as close as I can get to a routine, I'm afraid."

Laverne Cox, who lost out in the guest actress in a comedy category to her "Orange is the New Black" co-star Uzo Aduba at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys, showed team spirit when discussing Monday's comedy-series competition. That's where "Orange" could break "Modern Family'''s four-year winning streak.

"I love the gang at 'Modern Family,'" Cox said, with a sly smile. "But it's time for a new show. Of course, I'm biased," she added.

"Orange" nominee Kate Mulgrew said just getting the role of prison chef Red meant she had the prize.

But that's not the attitude of "Fargo" nominee Billy Bob Thornton, who explained, "You know how people say, 'Well, I've been nominated. I feel like I'm already a winner'? I look at it a different way. I look at it like, 'I'm already a loser,' and it's much easier."

Copyright 2014 Associated Press

  • Trending Stories on WNCN.com

  • TelevisionMore>>

  • Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

    Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

    Thursday, September 4 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-09-05 03:53:01 GMT
    Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends, daughter Melissa Rivers said. Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends, daughter Melissa Rivers said.
    Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday.
    Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday.
  • First photo! See Allison Williams as Peter Pan

    First photo! See Allison Williams as Peter Pan

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-09-03 12:50:45 GMT
    Actress Allison Williams as Peter Pan.Actress Allison Williams as Peter Pan.
    Allison Williams has wanted to play Peter Pan since she was "about three years old," and now, the first photo from NBC's upcoming telecast of "Peter Pan Live!" reveals the actress in costume as the boy who won't grow up.
    Allison Williams has wanted to play Peter Pan since she was "about three years old," and now, the first photo from NBC's upcoming telecast of "Peter Pan Live!" reveals the actress in costume as the boy who won't grow up.
  • Festivities get stars ready for Monday's Emmys

    Festivities get stars ready for Monday's Emmys

    Sunday, August 24 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-08-24 22:57:51 GMT
    Most everyone was still a potential winner as nominees stepped out this weekend to celebrate in advance of Monday's Emmy ceremony.
    Most everyone was still a potential winner as nominees stepped out this weekend to celebrate in advance of Monday's Emmy ceremony.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.