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The Golden Globes
It’s a new year and that means it’s time for the Golden Globes. The show starts at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 on NBC with Jimmy Fallon as host. Here are the Jewish nominees.
FILM: Best actress, drama: Natalie Portman, 35, “Jackie.” Best actor, drama: Andrew Garfield, 33, “Hacksaw Ridge.” Best actress, musical or comedy: Hailee Steinfeld, 20, “The Edge of Seventeen.” Best actor, musical or comedy: Jonah Hill, 33, “War Dogs.” Supporting actor (comedy or drama): Simon Helberg, 36, “Florence Foster Jenkins.”
OTHER FILM: Kenneth Lonergan, 54, director-writer of “Manchester by the Sea,” is the sole Jewish nominee in the directing and screenwriting categories. Original film score: Justin Hurwitz, 31, “La La Land,” and Hans Zimmer, 57, “Hidden Figures.” Best original song: “City of Stars” (from “La La Land”), Hurwitz and Benj Pasek, 31.
Here are other categories with a Jewish director; screenwriter or TV show creator.
FILM: Best drama: “Manchester by the Sea,” Lonergan. Best musical or comedy: “Florence Foster Jenkins,” directed by Stephen Frears, 75.
TV: Best series, drama: “The Crown,” created by and written by Peter Morgan, 53, and “Game of Thrones,” created by David Benioff, 46, and D.B. Weiss, 46 (and often written by them); and “This Is Us,” created and written by Dan Fogelman, 40. Best series, musical or comedy: “Mozart in the Jungle,” Jason Schwartzman, 36, and Paul Weitz, 51 (co-creators), and “Transparent,” Jill Soloway, 51 (creator and main writer). Best movie or mini-series: “The Dresser” (based on a play by Ronald Harwood, 82), “The Night Manager,” directed by Susanne Bier, 56, “The Night Of,” Richard Price, 67 (co-creator), and “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” Jeffrey Toobin, 58. Toobin wrote the book the series was based on and helped write the series, too.
New TV comedy
Two films starring French actress Isabelle Huppert, 63, opened in limited release in the last month: “Elle” and “Things to Come.” Huppert isn’t Jewish, but her family history is a Jewish story. Her father was Jewish and her mother was Catholic. Her parents wed during the Nazi occupation of France, and it appears he hid his background even after the war. To this day, the actress, who was raised Catholic, is reluctant to talk about her father’s Jewish background. She told a French magazine, “I never talk about it … because there was silence about it in my family, and it’s a silence I naturally prolong.”
Huppert has played a Jewish character in at least two films — and her husband of 35 years is producer and director Ronald Chammah, 60, a Lebanon-born Jew. The couple have three children, including actress Lolita Chammah, 33, who is well known in France.