Celebrating the Return of Awards Season

Over the past three-day holiday weekend, Hollywood enthusiastically caught up on awards season and all the accompanying celebrations they generate. The Critic’s Choice Awards took place at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica on Jan. 14, followed by the 75th Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 15, which was postponed from the fall of 2023 due to the WGA and SAG strikes. 


Arian Moayed and Kieran Culkin at HBO MAX Emmy After-Party
Photo by David Jon Photography


Jodie Foster, Ali Wong and Charles Melton attend the 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards.
Photos by John Shearer/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association

On Jan. 12, TCM celebrated its 30th anniversary at The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The crowd of heavy hitters included Steven Spielberg, Paul Thomas Anderson, Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group executives Pam Abdy, Mike DeLuca, and David Zaslav, along with TCM Hosts Jacqueline Stewart, Ben Mankiewicz, Alicia Malone, Eddie Muller, and Dave Karger. 

On the same night, the cast of “Succession” met for a dinner at Spago in Beverly Hills to celebrate the previous weekend’s Golden Globes wins and to gear up for the festivities ahead. Emmy-winner Sarah Snook was signing autographs outside of the restaurant for eager fans. 


Sarah Snook and Carey Mulligan at the 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards
Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association


Ariana DeBose, Eva Longoria and Jessica Alba
Photo by Presley Ann, Getty Images for Mandarin Oriental Residences Beverly Hills

On Saturday morning, actress Ariana DeBose hosted a brunch at the Mandarin Oriental Residences in Beverly Hills to celebrate Eva Longoria’s directorial debut for Hulu’s “Flamin’ Hot” and her Casa Del Sol tequila. Guests included Jessica Alba, Julianne Hough, Diane Warren, Wilmer Valderrama and Henry R. Muñoz. Longoria, Warren, and Hough were also spotted immediately afterwards at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Tea Party at The Maybourne Beverly Hills. 

The BAFTA Tea Party celebrates talent, contenders, and members in the run-up to the EE BAFTA Film Awards in London on Feb. 18. The garden terrace of The Maybourne was filled with red roses, tea sandwiches, flowing Champagne, and plenty of star power from Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Blunt, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Rosamund Pike, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, America Ferrera, Fantasia Barrino, Greta Gerwig, Cillian Murphy and Paul Giamatti. Other television nominees, Critic’s Choice and Emmy award-winners enjoying the festivities included Brian Cox, Ayo Edebiri, Elizabeth Debicki, Maria Bello and Quinta Brunson. 


Rosamund Pike attends the BAFTA Tea Party.
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for BAFTAAssociation

First-time attendee, comedian and actor Seth Rogen mingled and posed for selfies with fans. “The flower arrangements are incredible and the Brits dress very nicely,” he told the Courier. “It’s impeccable and, I will never turn down the invitation to somewhere that has little sandwiches, because I’m not crazy,” he quipped.

At the same time, the official Giving Suite at the 75th Emmy Awards Performer Nominee Celebration was taking place at the JW Marriot at L.A. Live downtown. The suite, by Karen Wood and her company Backstage Creations, offered presenters and nominees a selection of luxury goods, and also raised funds for the Television Academy Foundation. Attendees Angela Bassett, Geena Davis, Lorraine Bracco, Niecy Nash, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman and Kelsey Grammer all showed support, along with top vendors Lush Africa Safaris, MORITEK Beauty, Purdori Skincare, Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel and more. 


Emmy host Anthony Anderson and his mother Doris Hancox at the official Emmy Giving Suite
Photo by Willy SanjuanInvision for The Television AcademyAP Images

To cap off the three-day weekend in style, HBO | Max held a post-Emmy reception at San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood. Emmy-award-winning cast members of “Succession,” “The White Lotus,” and “Last Week Tonight,” among others, noshed on Caviar Kaspia cones, Italian sandwiches by All’Antico and creative Jell-O Shots by Solid Wiggles. Many guests hit the dance floor late into the night with beats by DJ Este Haim and DJ Mike Taylor.