Celebrity Jews

The Golden Globes

The Golden Globes usually are more fun to watch than the Academy Awards and often predict Oscar wins. The show airs at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10 on NBC.

Jennifer Jason Leigh

FILM NOMINEES: Lead actress, comedy: Amy Schumer, 34, “Trainwreck.” This hit film turned Schumer into the comedy “It Girl” of 2015. Best supporting actress, drama or musical/comedy: Jennifer Jason Leigh, 53, “The Hateful Eight.”

Best director: Todd Haynes, 54 (“Carol”). Best screenplay: Josh Singer, 43 (“Spotlight,” with Tom McCarthy), whose highly lauded script will almost certainly get an Oscar nom, too; and Aaron Sorkin, 54 (“Steve Jobs”). The Globes always have a few quirky nominations, and Sorkin’s screenplay, which got more pans than raves, is a Globe quirk. Best original song: “See You Again” (from “Furious 7”), co-written and co-sung by Charlie Puth, 24, also a Grammy nominee this year.

Best foreign film: “Son of Saul,” directed and written by László Nemes, 38, a Hungarian-born Jew who grew up mostly in France. The film, which opens in the Bay Area Jan. 15, follows 48 hours in the life of a Hungarian Jew forced to remove bodies from the Treblinka gas chambers. He comes across a boy whom he believes is his son and tries to find a way to give him a proper burial with a rabbi.

The awards for best film go to the principal producers. However, what follows are films with a significant Jewish connection other than just producers. Best drama: “Carol,” directed by Haynes. “Carol,” like his previous hit film “Far From Heaven,” is about a concealed gay relationship. In 2003, Haynes told the L.A. Jewish Journal about his history of identifying with Jewish struggle: “All my films are about resilient outsiders, whether in terms of race or sexual orientation,” something he believes he inherited from his Jewish grandfather, a social and political activist.

Lenny Abrahamson

Also competing for best film are “Room” and “Spotlight.” “Room” was directed by Lenny Abrahamson, 49, an Irish Jew. “Spotlight,” in addition to being co-written by Josh Singer, co-stars Liev Schreiber, 48, as Marty Baron, 60, the Jewish Boston Globe editor who led the team that uncovered the Boston pedophile priest scandal.

Best musical or comedy: “Joy,” directed and written by David O. Russell, 57. It competes with “Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow, 48, and written by Amy Schumer.

TV NOMINEES: Best actor, drama: Jeffrey Tambor, 71 (“Transparent” on Amazon). He plays a transgender Jewish woman, with a Jewish ex-wife and adult children, who is just beginning to transition. Best actor, comedy or musical: Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan” on Showtime). Best actress, drama: Eva Green, 35 (“Penny Dreadful” on Showtime). Green is a former Bond Girl who was born and raised in France. Best actress, musical or comedy: Rachel Bloom, 28 (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on the CW), whose series combines musical numbers with comedy; and Jamie Lee Curtis, 57 (“Scream Queens” on Fox). Supporting actress, drama or musical/comedy: Judith Light, 66 (“Transparent”), playing Tambor’s ex-wife.

Jill Soloway

Five of the nominees for best musical or comedy series have big Jewish connections: “Casual,” on Hulu, was created and is written by Zander Lehmann, 28. His father is director Michael Lehmann, 57, a native San Franciscan. “Casual” stars Michaela Watkins, 44. “Mozart in the Jungle” is an Amazon series co-created by Jason Schwartzman, 35, and co-starring Lola Kirke, 25. “Orange Is the New Black,” on Netflix, was created by Jenji Kohan, 46. HBO’s “Silicon Valley” was co-created by John Altschuler, 52, and Dave Krinsky, 52. And finally, “Transparent” was created and is written by Jill Soloway, 50. Best drama series: “Empire,” on Fox, co-created by Danny Strong, 41, includes co-star Jussie Smollet, 32. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was co-created and co-written by D.B. Weiss, 44, and David Benioff, 44.

 

Nate Bloom

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