The Emmy Awards aren't till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nibble and toast to TV's finest. Here's our party report for Saturday, Aug. 23:

11:10 a.m. "Nashville's" Rayna James is "a woman that we need to see in country music," says honoree Callie Khouri at the Women Making History Event, presented by the National Women's History Museum and Glamour Magazine, at the Skirball Center. (She also teases that the "Nashville" premiere is going to feature two live performances in the show.) She thinks it's incredible to see more women directing TV and as showrunners. "Nashville" boasts a largely female writing staff and women in main storylines.

11:36 a.m. Sophia Bush, also being honored, stops to blush when her mom stands behind the press snapping photos and comments on how proud she is.

11:56 a.m. Geena Davis, on hand to honor "Thelma & Louise" screenwriter Callie Khouri, can only say she will "play a surgeon" on "Grey's Anatomy." She says she was inspired by "Thelma" to think about how women are portrayed in film. Her research institute has sponsored studies of genre depiction in media, "and it's pretty eye opening."

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2 p.m. BAFTA/LA's annual tea party is divided between the patio ("Los Angeles climate," according to a sign) and an air-conditioned room (London climate) at the SLS Hotel. Although tea is served, most guests opt for champagne.

2:09 p.m. Who knew Geena Davis was so funny? Introducing Khouri, she jokes that turning "NWHM" upside down stands for "Women's History. Men? No." The crowd roars. She also jokes that she's presenting a bottle of dish detergent as well as the award to Khouri. "She literally changed my life. She's a revolutionary. She creates female characters who are in charge of their own fate to the bitter end."
2:18 p.m. T Bone Burnett leans in to hug Khouri as the sizzle reel comes to a close with applause.

2:20 p.m. "I don't think if myself as a woman making history," says Khouri. "I knew that no matter what anyone says I deserved equal rights equal protection equal pay and equal opportunities. I hire women, I try to show women as they are, strong, independent... doing the best they can." She stresses that the "enemy is the acceptance of an unjust world and I don't accept it. We have to make it better." And if that doesn't inspire you, here's one more quote from the highly quotable Khouri: "I will aspire to inspire, to change the world as it so badly needs."

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2:30 p.m. Kiernan Shipka of "Mad Men" says the BAFTA/LA tea is her first party of the weekend. "It's really cool, it's a really fun weekend." Yes, she has a curfew, but the 14-year-old Shipka says she doesn't stay out too late.

3:30 p.m. British consul general Chris O'Connor welcomes guests. "British TV has nominations in every category," he says. "In one category we have four of six nominations." Still the party is also to celebrate Britain's partnership with the U.S., he says, and congratulates the American nominees. Thanks a bunch.

3:40 p.m. Laverne Cox makes the rounds glad-handing guests in a stunning white dress.

3:45 p.m. "Downton Abbey's" Michelle Dockery and Joanne Froggatt have a reunion under an umbrella and Dockery says she has to leave soon after as she's running late for the next event. But Froggatt stays to talk about her character, Anna, who faces a few more trials and tribulations. "It won't be straightforward," she says. "Of course if there isn't trauma there won't be drama."

4:50 p.m. "Fargo" actress Joey King says the producers are going to replace the entire cast of the show and start a new story line. "I was very sad. 'Oh you don't need me anymore?'"

5 p.m. "I don't know what is in the mind of Jenji Kohan," says Emmy winner Uzo Aduba about the creator of her show "Orange Is the New Black." "I know all this," she says, waving her hand to indicate the party and the Emmy accolades, "was not part of the conversation."

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