By Sandy Cohen
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – It’s never too early to start celebrating the Emmys.
Actors Kyra Sedgwick, Bryan Cranston and his TV son Aaron Paul, Julia Ormond, Chris Colfer of ‘Glee‘ and Kathryn Joosten of ‘Desperate Housewives‘ toasted their Emmy nominations three weeks before the big show at a party Wednesday hosted by the television academy.
Past winners and first-time nominees said their excitement for the ceremony was already mounting.
“This year I am determined to pick a comfortable dress, because often I pick these really form-fitted, boned kind of things where I just want to die because they’re so uncomfortable,” said Kyra Sedgwick, nominated five consecutive years for her work on ‘The Closer.’ “But it’s great, it’s a celebration.”
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Performers Peer Group held a celebration of its own at Chakra restaurant in Beverly Hills. On-screen stars and TV academy members drank wine, ate chicken tikka masala and other Indian nibbles and cheered for one another at the intimate gathering.
Chris Colfer, a first-time nominee for his work on ‘Glee,’ already picked his date and his outfit for the Aug. 29 ceremony.
He’s bringing his mom — “because she informed me that if I don’t take her she will disown me,” he said — and he’s planning on wearing “something very traditional,” perhaps with a music note pinned to his lapel.
Julia Ormond, nominated for supporting actress in a miniseries for her role in ‘Temple Grandin,’ still has some red carpet concerns.
“Obviously there’s a big thing with trying to get the dress,” she said. “I’m not a size zero, so it’s always, let’s just find one where we can get everything into.”
Being nominated is “amazing,” she said: “To be put in a category of women and other actresses that I really respect, it’s been really validating.”
But six-time nominee (and two-time winner for ‘Breaking Bad‘) Bryan Cranston said multiple nominations are like multiple marriages.
“You’re still excited about the marriage, but you’re not really like, wow, I’m getting married,” he said. “You love her, you do, but you don’t have that wide-eyed innocence as you would when you’re getting married to No. 1.”
Two-time winner Kathryn Joosten of ‘Desperate Housewives’ had an even more grounding Emmy experience.
“It doesn’t do squat,” she said. “It feels good. At the time, the network I was working for didn’t even know I had gotten it. Nobody bothered to tell the show.”
The 62nd annual Emmy Awards will be presented at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and broadcast live on NBC.
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