The Golden Globes, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be broadcast at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7 on NBC. Seth Meyers will host. The awards are for excellence in film and TV, and the Golden Globes are a good (if not almost perfect) predictor of nominees and winners for the Academy Awards.
However, one major difference is that Golden Globes are presented for best actor and actress and best supporting actor and actress in separate categories — one for dramas and one for musicals and/or comedies.
The chosen nominees
Daniel Day-Lewis, 60 (“Phantom Thread”), and Timothée Chalamet, 21 (“Call Me By Your Name”), are both up for best lead actor in a dramatic film. Day-Lewis, who has always been secular, is the son of an English Jewish mother and a Protestant father. The only three-time Oscar winner for best male lead actor (“My Left Foot,” “There Will Be Blood” and “Lincoln”), Day-Lewis announced his decision to retire from acting after “Phantom Thread,” about the world of high fashion. He was vague about his reasons but seemed firm in his decision.
Chalamet, who had a big supporting role in “Lady Bird” (nominated for best comedy), stars as Elio in “Call Me By Your Name,” which opened to great reviews last month and is up for a Golden Globe for best drama. Elio is the 17-year-old son of an American Jewish professor and an Italian Jewish mother; while in Italy, he has a brief romance with Oliver, a visiting American Jewish college student. The film is based on a 2007 novel by André Aciman, 66, an American Jew born in Egypt who partially grew up in Italy.
Palo-Alto raised James Franco, 39 (“Disaster Artist”), is nominated for best lead actor in a musical or comedy. In “Disaster,” which he also directed, he portrays a (real-life) director of a (real) terrible movie. In recent years, Franco has been embracing his Jewish background, including having a bar mitzvah in 2015. Side note: Also nominated in this category is Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver”), whose only Jewish grandparent was his paternal grandfather.
Meryl Streep got a best actress nomination for playing Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in “The Post.” Graham was raised Catholic but her father, the late Eugene Meyer, who bought the Washington Post in 1933, was Jewish.
San Francisco-born Liev Schreiber, 50 (“Ray Donovan”), is up for the best actor in a TV drama. Maggie Gyllenhaal, 40 (“The Deuce”) is nominated for best actress in a TV drama. She plays a prostitute who is struggling to find a better life. Franco co-stars.
Pamela Adlon, 51 (“Better Things”), and Alison Brie, 34 (“Glow”), are nominated for best actress in a comedy. Adlon is the co-creator of her show, which is based on her experiences as a harried single mother of three. Brie’s career has taken off since the release of the hit Netflix series in which she plays a struggling actress who stumbles into women’s pro wrestling. Her husband is Dave Franco, 32, James’ brother.
Adlon and Brie are competing against Rachel Brosnahan, who plays the title character, a Jewish comedian, in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Brosnahan, who is marvelous as Mrs. Maisel, says her performance is informed by growing up in a heavily Jewish Chicago suburb.
Robert De Niro (Bernie Madoff in “Wizard of Lies”) and Geoffrey Rush (Albert Einstein in “Genius”) were each nominated for best actor in a limited series or TV movie. Michelle Pfeiffer got a nomination for her supporting role as Ruth Madoff in “Wizard.”
A few more TV categories
The “best of” awards in the different TV categories are given to the show’s producers. My practice is to note those series with a Jewish creator or co-creator.
Peter Morgan, 54, a Brit, is the co-creator and principal writer of “The Crown,” which is nominated for best TV drama series, going up against “Game of Thrones” and “This Is Us.” The former was co-created by David Benioff, 47, and D.B. Weiss, 46, who often write the scripts. The latter, a hit family drama, was created by Dan Fogelman, 39.
“Mrs. Maisel” and “Will & Grace” are both up for best TV comedy series. “Mrs. Maisel” was created by Amy Sherman-Padillio, 51, and “Will & Grace” was co-created by David Kohan, 53, and Max Mutchnick, 52.
More movie nominees
A best original film song nomination went to “This Is Me” (from “The Greatest Showman”), written by Benj Pasek, 32, and Justin Paul. For best original score, Hans Zimmer, 60, was nominated for “Dunkirk.” Marin resident Lee Unkrich, 50, directed “Coco,” which is up for best animated film. Aaron Sorkin, 56, bagged a best screenplay nomination for “Molly’s Game,” which he also directed. One of his competitors for the award is Josh Singer, 44, co-writer of “The Post.” Steven Spielberg, 71, received best director nomination for “The Post,” which also was nominated for best drama. The James Franco-directed “The Disaster Artist” was nominated for best comedy or musical movie.