Stars from across television spent the night celebrating one another’s achievements at the Variety and Women in Film’s annual Emmy nominee party at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood. The event honored people above and below the line, while also highlighting the recent achievements that women have made in regards to inclusivity in television.
“We’ve made some progress in women directing television for the first time, but a lot of the other statistics have not moved,” said Women in Hollywood executive director Kirsten Schaffer. “For those of you that have helped move the numbers, I want to thank you for all your work that you’ve done towards gender parity inclusivity.”
Sarah Silverman, whose Hulu series “I Love You, America,” is up for the sketch series statue this year, told Variety she “though of some bullet points” for a speech, but she was more focused on sharing her love for BBC America’s “Killing Eve” than considering her own win. “I feel like I could write a college essay about ‘Killing Eve,’” she said on the red carpet. “If I ever went to college.”
“Stranger Things” star Noah Schnapp was already looking past Emmy night to the third season of the Netflix sci-fi drama. With production already underway, he shared that those who have been watching the dailies say “it’s the best season yet.” “You should have high expectations,” Schnapp said. “It has a good mix of the playfulness of season 1 and the horror of season 2.”
Things, of course, got a bit political for Trevor Noah, who said he would have Donald Trump on “The Daily Show” because he is the president, but he admitted he didn’t know “what reality we’d be playing in” and might therefore struggle a bit to know what he should ask him. “At this point I think I would say to President Trump, ‘What is your get out number? I’m pretty certain you have one. People are raising a lot of money and Kickstarters and GoFundMes these days for everything political. You have a number, and what would it be? No more stress — no more fighting about numbers on Puerto Rico, no more stress about reading briefings. Just get the money and get out.’”
The packed crowd made getting around slightly difficult, but RuPaul had his own solution for dealing with the celebratory excitement. Stepping off to the side of the main sitting area, the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” host pulled out a giant black fan, complete with his name emblazoned across the front in big, pink print, to cool himself off before diving back into the frenzy.
Partygoers also stopped by the Beautycounter display, which offered lipstick swatches, swag bags and a more political activity. Industry-ites like “Atlanta” writer Stefani Robinson signed postcards addressed to senators in an effort to create stricter laws for the beauty industry. Guests wrote their names and their address on the cards, before finishing each one with a lipstick kiss.
Back outside, Australian pop star Troye Sivan was the center of the party. Guests everywhere stopped the musician for selfies before he took to the stage for a live performance. Sivan sang three songs from his latest album “Bloom,” including “My My My,” “Plum” and the album’s title track, which energized the crowd with colorful lyrics and a booming base.
Darren Criss, star of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” was also a hot commodity on the party floor. Hordes of guests stopped to introduce themselves, including “Stranger Things” actor Gaten Matarazzo, who posed for a picture with Criss after shaking hands and chatting.
Also seen at the bash: Tiffany Hadish, Constance Wu, Lake Bell, Sarah Hyland, Sterling K. Brown, Shay Mitchell, Samira Wiley, Busy Philipps, Ann Dowd, Janet Mock, Alison Brie, Lucy Hale, Jenna Dewan, Carrie Brownstein, Nico Santos, Jenna Elfman, Louie Anderson, Tika Sumpter, Rumer Willis and Sophia Bush, among many others.
In between conversations, guests munched on endless hors d’oeuvres, including flatbread pizzas, meatballs and ricotta crackers, before grabbing drinks from one of the multitude of drink trays that circulated throughout the party. Drink favorites included wine, margaritas and martinis, which were topped off by an edible foam Variety logo.