North Hollywood Toasts the Emmys
On Tuesday, May 10th, a party was held in honor of the 2005 Daytime Emmy Award nominees at the Television Academy in North Hollywood. The gathering took place in the lobby of the Leonard Goldenson Theatre, where the nominees were treated to an open bar, a buffet and roving waiters serving an assortment of appetizers. The stand up tables situated around the lobby, created an atmosphere that encouraged everyone to mingle and enjoy themselves. Although the event was meant to honor all the Daytime Emmy nominees, mostly the LA contingent of the Creative Craft nominees were in attendance.
One cannot help but notice the theatre lobby is set up as a tribute to the pioneers of television. Upon entering, the first thing I saw was a large photo of the great soap opera mastermind William Bell, who sadly passed away last month. Other smaller photos of television greats lined the double staircase overlooking the lobby. Recognizable headshots included Steven Bochco, Mr. Rogers, Aaron Spelling, Charles Kuralt and Lorne Michaels, Agnes Nixon, another of the soap opera greats, among others.
Even though those who tirelessly work behind the scenes filled the room, I patiently awaited the arrival of those who shine on camera. I spoke briefly with Mike, a nominated writer for Jeopardy, who let me know this was not the event to see celebrities, but that I could get a great shot of “Joe” the gaffer. However, I didn’t let this discourage me, as I readied my camera in anticipation.
My optimism was rewarded as the grand dame herself walked in the door. The Young and the Restless’ Outstanding Supporting Actress Nominee, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) was immediately recognizable as she entered the building. One would have to be blind and deaf to not notice her poise, elegance and that distinguishable voice. You could sense the change in energy, as people started to buzz around. The official Emmy photographer, and a shooter from Getty Images immediately scurried over to take her picture. Of course I tried to play it cool, as I inched my way over to get her shot as well.
I thought this would be the only recognizable photo I would take, until I was rewarded yet again by Greg Rikaart’s (Kevin, Y&R) presence. This adorable Supporting Actor nominee made a beeline over to Cooper, who was clearly delighted that he showed up. Soon after, Lead Actress nominee, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) joined the party. Who I might add, has a natural beauty that definitely translates off screen. The three actors graciously posed for pictures moments before the dashing Lead Actor nominee, Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) made his appearance and joined them. As they drank, ate, posed and joked around, it was obvious the four Y&R actors enjoyed each other’s company, while supporting their behind the scenes co-workers.
Mid way through the evening, Bob Boden (shown far right with Michelle Stafford, Greg Rikaart and Jeanne Cooper), who is on the Daytime Programming Board of Directors, addressed the crowd. His speech was brief, as he congratulated all the nominees. He made a point to single out the first time nominees, and wished everyone luck on Saturday. After his speech, everyone got back to the business of schmoozing and having a good time.
All the Creative Emmy nominees will learn their fate on Saturday, May 14th. The awards will be given in Los Angeles and New York City simultaneously. Lisa Rinna and Ty Treadway will host the ceremony at The Grand Ballroom in L.A, while Tony Danza hosts at the Marriott Marquis in NYC. Check in with Soapdom.com this week, to find out who won and to see photos of all the celebrity presenters!
Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Greg Rikaart (Kevin), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), Tommy Persson, sound production mixer for Y&R, who is nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Live and Direct to tape soundmixing for a drama series, and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis)
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