The Golden Globe Awards, live on NBC at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, will be co-hosted by Berkeley native Andy Samberg, 40, and longtime “Grey’s Anatomy” star Sandra Oh. Samberg, the former “Saturday Night Live” and current “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star, has some hosting experience, having emceed the 2015 Primetime Emmys and the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards.
Here are the confirmed Jewish nominees and Jews closely connected to a particular nomination.
From the silver screen
Though no Jewish actors were nominated for the best lead in a film, Timothée Chalamet, 22 (“Beautiful Boy”) is up for the best supporting actor and Rachel Weisz, 48 (“The Favourite”) for best supporting actress. Chalamet’s role was based on Nic Sheff, 36, a Marin resident who long battled drug addiction and then wrote two memoirs about it. Weisz played Lady Sarah Churchill, a duchess who had a close friendship with Queen Anne some three centuries ago.
Mark Ronson, 43, is one of the co-writers of “Shallow,” a best original song nominee from “A Star is Born.” Nominations for best original score in a movie include Justin Hurwitz, 33 (“First Man”), and Marc Shaiman, 59 (“Mary Poppins Returns”). Hurwitz won two Oscars in 2017 for best score and best song (“La La Land”). Shaiman is best known for scoring the musical version of “Hairspray.” The Poppins’ remake includes musical references to the 1964 hit original; Richard Sherman, 90, who wrote the ’64 score with his late brother, Robert, consulted on the new film.
And in the TV categories
Sacha Baron Cohen, 47, (“Who Is America?”) and Michael Douglas, 74 (“The Kominsky Method”), are both up for best performance by an actor in a musical or comedy TV series. Cohen’s characters on his controversial Showtime series frequently spoof real-life politicians, and Douglas stars as Sandy Kominsky, an L.A. acting coach. Meanwhile, Alison Brie, 35 (“Glow”), and Debra Messing, 50 (“Will & Grace”), are in the same category for actresses.
Alan Arkin, 84, who plays a Jewish agent and friend in “The Kominsky Method,” is up for best actor in a supporting role, as is Henry Winkler, 73 (“Barry”). Alex Borstein, 47, who plays a sarcastic agent in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” is nominated for best supporting actress, and Patricia Arquette, 50 (“Escape at Dannemora”), is up for best actress in a limited series or made-for-TV movie. Arquette’s late mother, actress Brenda Denault, was Jewish.
The best shows and movies
Golden Globe awards for best movie and TV show are given to the principal producers, of whom there are many. My practice is to note if a Jewish director or writer/creator is associated with the nominated entity.
Two films nominated for best drama were co-written by Jews: “BlacKkKlansman” (Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz, both 32) and “A Star Is Born” (Eric Roth, 73). “Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse,” co-written by Rodney Rothman, 45ish, is nominated for best animated movie.
“The Americans,” created by Joe Weisberg, 52, is up for best drama TV series, as is “Pose,” an FX series co-created by Brad Falchuk, 47, that explores several New York City subcultures of the 1980s. Falchuk recently married Gwyneth Paltrow, 46. Another best TV drama nominee is “Homecoming,” an Amazon series based on a podcast written by Eli Horowitz, 41, and Micah Bloomberg, 40ish.
Nominees for best musical or comedy TV series include “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” co-created by Amy Sherman Palladino, 52, and “The Kominsky Method,” created by Chuck Lorre, 66. Up for best miniseries or TV movie is “A Very English Scandal,” directed by Stephen Frears, 77, and “Escape at Dannemora,” directed by Ben Stiller, 53, and written by three others, including Jerry Stahl, 64, and Michael Tolkin, 68.
Two Globe nominees also worthy of mention are Adam Driver and Rachel Brosnahan for portraying Jewish characters. The former played a Jewish police officer in “BlacKkKlansman,” and the latter is the star of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and is seeking her second straight victory for best actress in a musical or comedy TV series.