As this group of Emmy nominees congregated together for an official photo Monday night in Beverly Hills, Kevin Spacey had an idea for the amateur photographers off the dais trying to snap the same shot:
“Now, everyone turn around a take a selfie,” Spacey suggested.
He is the expert.
Spacey was the only current TV star in the famous Oscar selfie, besides ringleader Ellen DeGeneres.
Top: Nominee Kevin Spacey, TV Academy governor Lily Tomlin, nominees Billy Bob Thornton, Joe Morton, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Tony Hale, TV Academy governor Bob Bergen, and nominees Minnie Driver, Allison Janney, Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson huddled up on Monday night.
The occasion bringing together “Fargo’s” Lorne Malvo with two television/internet presidents (from “Veep” and “House of Cards”) was the Television Academy’s Performers Peer Group Celebration.
The annual party, just one of 106 the TV Academy puts on, is for the actor’s branch of the Academy to toast their own on the outdoor terrace of the Montage in Beverly Hills.
Louis-Dreyfus barely had time to sip her white wine amidst constant requests for photos and Thornton never really made it past the end of the carpet.
“Modern Family” supporting actor in a comedy nominees Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell remained attached all night. This is the fifth year in a row those two are nominated together in the same category.
Montage guests with balconies on the low floors got to spy down on the action. If their ears extended as far as their camera phone lenses, they would have heard “actor-talk” amongst the non-nominated and lower profile actors like “I had to go to Irvine,” “they lowballed me,” compliments of questionable sincerity like “you’re so pretty,” and “my age range is 35-39. I stayed out of the sun in my 20s.”
Minnie Driver (a nom for Lifetime movie “Return to Zero”) told Jamie Brewer from “American Horror Story: Coven” that Brewer’s dress matched Driver’s blue shoes.
Dan Bucatinsky, a winner last year for “Scandal” and this year nominated as a producer for “Who Do You Think You Are?,” chatted up front with Bruce Rosenblum. Lily Tomlin just sat on the stage, drinking orange juice between two friends.
A larger gathering of nearly all “performer” (read: actor) nominees will gather for a presentation of their certificates and a class photo on Saturday night, August 23, at the Pacific Design Center, just two nights before the awards are handed out.