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by nate bloom

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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.”

Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood
TV: Best actor, drama: Liev Schreiber, 49, “Ray Donovan.” Best actor; musical or comedy: Jeffrey Tambor, 72, “Transparent.” Best actress, drama: Winona Ryder, 45, “Stranger Things,” and Evan Rachel Wood, 29, “Westworld.” Best actress, musical or comedy series: Tracee Ellis Ross, 44, “Blackish,” Rachel Bloom, 29, “My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and Sarah Jessica Parker, 51, “Divorce.”

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

Sofia Black D’Elia
Sofia Black D’Elia
“The Mick,” a new comedy series, premiered on Fox on Jan. 1, with future episodes airing at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. The show stars Kaitlin Olson as Mickey, a middle-age hustler looking for an easy life whose dreams are answered when she is named guardian of her sister’s three children and gets to live in their palatial home. There’s one catch: Mickey is required to turn these three spoiled brats into responsible people. Sofia Black D’Elia, 24, plays Sabrina, the oldest child, described as “an ambitious, 18-going-on-30-year-old who is a worthy adversary to Mickey.”


Huppert’s moment

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.

Columnist Nate Bloom, an Oaklander, can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Posted by Hill
01/09/2017  at  12:23 PM

I like the fact that you highlighted who was Jewish in the Golden Globes.  It makes me proud to be Jewish.  I just want to add one more Jew to the list: Simon Helberg.  Thank you.

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