Celebrity jews

Golden goodies

Here’s the list of Jewish nominees for Golden Globe awards. The ceremony will air live on NBC starting at 5 p.m. on Jan. 15.

Michel Hazanavicius

First, the acting categories: best actor, musical or comedy film: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 30 (“50/50”); best supporting actor in a film: Jonah Hill, 28 (“Moneyball”) and Albert Brooks, 64 (“Drive”). Quick aside: Brooks’ wife, and the mother of his two children, is Kimberly Shlain, a Mill Valley native. Best actress, TV drama series: Julianne Margulies, 45 (“The Good Wife”); best actor, TV comedy or musical series: David Duchovny, 51 (“Californication”); best actress, TV mini-series: Evan Rachel Wood, 24 (“Mildred Pierce”).

Best director, motion picture: Woody Allen, 76 (“Midnight in Paris”), and Michel Hazanavicius, 44 (“The Artist”). The latter nominee is a French Jew whose grandparents were from Eastern Europe. He’s quite open about his Jewish background and says he worked Jewish references (some character names; some of the music) into “The Artist,” a nearly 100 percent silent film about a 1920s Hollywood star who struggles with the advent of the talkies. The director’s wife, actress Bérénice Bejo, who co-starred in “The Artist,” is a best supporting actress Globe nominee. I don’t know if she is Jewish.

Best screenplay, motion picture: Allen (“Midnight in Paris”), Hazanavicius (“The Artist”), Grant Heslov, 48, co-writer (“The Ides of March”), and Aaron Sorkin, 50, co-writer (“Moneyball”). Best original film score: Howard Shore, 65 (“Hugo”). Best animated film: “Tintin,” directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, 65.

In the best motion picture categories (the Globes have two), the awards go to the winning film’s producers, of whom there are usually many. So instead of creating a long list of Jewish nominees, I simply will note films with strong Jewish connections. Best drama film: “Moneyball” (director Bennett Miller, 44; actor Hill, writer Sorkin), and “War Horse” (director Spielberg). Best comedy or musical film: “Midnight in Paris” (director Allen, actors Corey Stoll and Adrien Brody, as Hemingway and Salvador Dali, respectively), and “The Artist” (director Hazanavicius).


New on the tube

“Are You There, Chelsea?” premieres at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 on NBC. It’s based on the bestselling 2008 memoir “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,” by comedian–talk show host Chelsea Handler, 36. (Handler, the daughter of a Jewish father and a Mormon mother, was raised Jewish.) The new show’s main character, named Chelsea Newman, is a thinly disguised version of Handler (who intermittently will appear as the main character’s older sister).

Chelsea Handler

In the show, Chelsea, a bartender who has a collection of wacky, working-class friends, is played by Laura Prepon, 31 (“That ‘70s Show”). Prepon’s father is Jewish, her mother is not, and while I believe she was raised secular, she now identifies as a Scientologist.

“Rob” is a CBS sitcom that launches at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Rob Schneider, 48, stars as a lifelong bachelor who has just married into a tight-knit Mexican-American family. Schneider, who was born in San Francisco and grew up in Pacifica, is the son of a Jewish father and a Filipino Catholic mother. While secular, he identifies as Jewish.

The fantasy-mystery series “Alcatraz” has a two-hour premiere on Fox at 8 p.m. Jan. 16. Thereafter, it will air Mondays 9-10 p.m. The premise: A fingerprint at the scene of a grisly murder is that of an Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. A San Francisco police detective, a federal government agent and an Alcatraz historian team up to sort things out. The series is produced by J.J. Abrams, 45 (“Lost”).

Columnist Nate Bloom, an Oaklander, can be reached at middleoftheroad1@aol.com.

Nate Bloom

Nate Bloom writes the "Celebrity Jews" column for J.