Jewish talent won some and lost some at the Golden Globe Award ceremonies, auguring a mixed outlook for the upcoming Oscar nominations.
Israeli-born Natalie Portman waltzed away from the Jan. 16 award ceremony in Beverly Hills as best actress in the drama category for her impressive turn as a tortured ballerina in “Black Swan.”
“The Social Network,” the gripping — if somewhat skewed — story of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, won for best dramatic picture, but its star, Jesse Eisenberg, lost out to best actor winner Colin Firth, portraying England’s stuttering King George VI in “The King’s Speech.”
“Social Network” won additional honors for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for best screenplay. Sorkin beat out, among others, Britain’s David Seidler, who provided the inspiration and script for “The King’s Speech.” Seidler’s paternal grandparents perished in the Holocaust.
In the separate comedy or musical category, Paul Giamatti emerged as best actor for his portrayal of the very Jewish producer Barney Panofsky in “Barney’s Version.” The movie is based on the novel of the same title by Canadian Jewish author Mordecai Richler. Giamatti is not Jewish, but his wife, Elizabeth Cohen, is.
The award for best musical/comedy film went to “The Kids Are Alright,” which was written by Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko, who are both Jewish. Cholodenko directed the film.
Jewish songwriter Diane Warren also won the Globe for best song, from the movie “Burlesque.”
Denmark’s “In a Better World” won the prize for best foreign language film. The award was accepted by the film’s director and co-writer, Susanne Bier, a Danish Jew.
Notably, for the first time since the end of World War II, no movie or documentary dealing with the Holocaust or the Nazi era was submitted for either Golden Globe or Academy Award consideration.
The television musical show “Glee” was named best television musical/comedy. Brad Falchuk, son of national Hadassah President Nancy Falchuk, is a co-creator, producer, writer and director on the show. Jewish “Glee” actress Lea Michele lost the best actress award to Laura Linney, though Michele’s non-Jewish co-stars fared better: Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer won for best supporting actress and best supporting actor, respectively.
J. celebrities columnist Nate Bloom contributed to this report.