On Wednesday, June 6, Gold Derby’s 2019 Emmys kickoff party welcomed more than 250 performers, executives, publicists and industry insiders to celebrate the TV awards season. Our fourth annual event took place at the famous Yamashiro restaurant, perched high atop the Hollywood Hills overlooking the city. The many celebs included Emmy contenders like Anthony Carrigan (“Barry”), D’Arcy Carden (“The Good Place”), Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”), Eric Lange (“Escape at Dannemora”), Mishel Prada (“Vida”), Stephen Root (“Barry”), Richard Schiff (“The Good Doctor”), Susan Kelechi Watson (“This Is Us”), Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”), plus the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestants with Carson Kressley and many more.
This years ceremony also featured the first annual Gold Derby Career Achievement Award, presented to TV legend Bob Newhart by our founder Tom O’Neil and managing editor Chris Beachum. During his acceptance speech, Newhart reminisced about his first appearance on the Emmys in 1960 (where he had to fill in an extra spot for comedy team Mike Nichols and Elaine May after they canceled at the last minute), his 1961 Grammy win for Album of the Year over Frank Sinatra and his 2013 Emmy victory for “The Big Bang Theory,” among many other highlights from his lengthy life in showbiz.
Arrivals were such a mad scene that Clarkson, a two-time Emmy winner and Oscar nominee, gave up waiting in the traffic jam and confronted O’Neil at the door, joking, “Only for you guys would I climb all the way up that dang hill in these heels!”
Click through our photo gallery above to see many of the famous folk who let loose at Gold Derby’s private shindig, which included an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and a delicious appetizer buffet.
Be sure to make your 2019 Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominations are announced on July 16. And join in the fun debate over the 2019 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.