10 September 2013 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Casting directors and their peers gathered Sept. 9 to toast the Emmy nominees, while also poking plenty of fun and sharing some inside stories.

Nominees Carmen Cuba (“Behind the Candelabra”), Eric Dawson and Robert Ulrich (“American Horror Story: Asylum”), Jeff Greenberg (“Modern Family”), Laray Mayfield and Julie Schubert (“House of Cards”), David Rubin and Diane Heery (“Political Animals”) and Mark Saks (“The Good Wife”) were honored at the Crossroads Kitchen in West Hollywood at a cocktail reception hosted by the Casting Directors Peer Group Executive Committee.

Tom Papa, who played Liberace’s manager Ray Arnett in “Behind the Candelabra,” spoke to praise the casting efforts of Cuba.

“Particularly inspired was the great Debbie Reynolds as Liberace’s mother,” he said. “Yeah, that was a great call. Nothing like getting an 80-year-old woman in a fur coat for two days of filming in Palm Springs.”

Debbie Reynolds herself insisted on wearing the fur coat, »


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