By Ericka Franklin
Sep 17, 2016 @ 2:45 pm
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“Are you going to stop and chat?” Amanda Peet whispered to Sarah Paulson (above), clad in a red Bella Freud dress, as they held hands while walking Variety and Women in Film’s cream carpet for the annual pre-Emmy fête at Gracias Madres. Although the answer was a swift no, from the American Horror Story and The People v. O.J.: American Crime Story actress, who could blame her? The Emmy nominee was on her way to the hottest party in Los Angeles and the Mercedes-Benz-sponsored soirée even drew other celebrities like Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Kate Walsh, Jaime King, Julianne Hough, Laverne Cox, Regina King, Donald Glover, Matt McGorry, and Cara Santana; just to name a few.

“I love this party because it’s women in film,” said Walsh who was hoping to nab a selfie with producer Jane Fleming. “We’re trying to see more of women in all branches of television, producing, directing, writing, and acting. It’s a great organization.”

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While the female focus put Walsh in the perfect scenario to see influential female counterparts who aren’t always in front of the camera, Glover had a more refined approach to his party game plan. Decked out in Vivienne Westwood, the Atlanta creator, writer, actor, and producer mentioned the event was all about meaningful conversations for him. “Everybody is really smart and nice,” he said. “You’re not having a lot of small talk here which is cool. People are talking about big things.”

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Nearby, the big thing on second-time nominee Niecy Nash’s mind was her look for Sunday saying, “Many years ago before I was a working actor I chicken-scratched my dress on my kids’ notebook paper and I said, ‘I’m going to win an award in this dress.’ This year I found a designer to interpret my chicken scratch, and I’m wearing that dress. And because I said ‘I’m going to win an award in it’ somebody better give me something. Even if it’s just a prize for the girl who showed up on the carpet first.”

Moments earlier Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator Rachel Bloom joked about not having to get dolled up for the ceremony saying; “I’m going to go on a hike with my husband. That’s the thing about not being nominated. It’s like, ‘Well I don’t have to put on shape wear.’”

The light mood continued as Constance Zimmer who’s hoping to take home Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series mentioned, “I keep saying this, but I’m going to start the day with donuts as a gift to myself and a lot of those face masks and eye masks. Sure, why not? I’m just going to do everything lavish in the moment.”