Emmy Awards

No Small Potatoes, Candice, Columbo and Keenen Pick Up Emmys as Hollywood's Top Tubers

UPDATED 10/01/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/01/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT

These are industry events, and they have industrial hype." Thus spoke actor Richard Dysart, surveying the post-Emmy leftovers at Spago last week. Of course, L.A. Law's somber elder could speak with the callousness of a winner; his TV show had landed its third Best Drama Series Emmy at the annual industrial-strength awards show in Pasadena a few hours earlier.

Afterward, for those making the 40-minute trek back to L.A., Twentieth Television hosted the evening's liveliest toastathon at Spago, the celebrity restaurant perched above Budget rent-a-car offices in West Hollywood. Guests could watch a replay of the awards broadcast on TV monitors (few did) or scoff pizza from Villeroy & Boch china platters. In Living Color regular David Alan Grier proclaimed himself delighted with his show's victory as Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series and said, "I'm so happy [series star] Keenen Ivory Wayans won, because you'll never meet a nicer guy. Or at least he was till he won the Emmy. We'll see."

At the nearby Mondrian Hotel, the toasting was tamer. With Twin Peaks collecting only two Emmys from its 14 nominations, director David Lynch could only ponder the acceptance speech he never got to give. Who would he have thanked? "My dad, I guess," said Lynch. "He was a real woodsman and had us up there thinking about all that stuff."

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