After we see whether it will be Michael Douglas or Matt Damon accepting Best Actor In A Miniseries or Movie at Sunday’s Primetime Emmys, for those wearing tulle, it is out the doors of the Nokia Theatre and into some very un-glam metal gates (a la cattle) towards the West Hall of the Convention Center for the fantastical Governors Ball. I always have that WOW! moment when I go up the steps and through the doors to see what they’ve come up with each year. It’s a huge space that they trick out to no end. Here’s a little dish:
1. It is literally the largest annual formal sit down dinner held in the U.S. with around 3,900 people parking it to eat. I also love that it is TV and movie peeps a-mingling away in one spot. It makes for some interesting conversations. Mandy Patinkin and Kevin Costner seemed to be the belles of the ball last year.
2. There’s a theme—every party is better with a theme! This year they are going with “enchanted forest” and are filling the space (which is the size of a football field and twice the width) with futuristic trees and silhouetted dancers behind a forest backdrop. There will also be avant-garde performers sprinkled throughout the party. And Hurrah Russ Patrick—the Television Academy’s Governors Ball Committee Chair, the lighting? Always flattering.
3. Chef Joachim Splichal vittles—and they ain’t light—three courses, one of which is beef filet mignon and red wine-braised short rib.
4. The chocolate. The chocolate. MARICH Premium Chocolates sets up camp in the corners with large glass containers filled with candies and wee to-go boxes. I run into the Marich fella all over town scooping away at parties. He now just hands me the silver scoop, smiles nervously and backs away.
Renderings by the Television Academy / Sequoia Productions