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The Tribe at the Golden Globes

The Golden Globe awards, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be presented at 5PM, on Sunday, Jan. 7 (NBC). Seth Meyers will host. The Globes are awarded for excellence in TV and films. The film awards are a good, if not perfect predictor of Oscar nominees/winners. Confirmed Jewish nominees appear in caps the first time they are mentioned.

The Actors

Unlike the Oscars, the Globes present best and supporting actor/actress awards in separate awards, one for drama films and one for best performance in a musical or comedy.

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, 60 (“Phantom Thread”) and TIMOTHEE CHALAMET, 21, (“Call Me By Your Name”) vie for the Globe for best actor, drama film.  Day-Lewis, who’s always been secular, is the son of an English Jewish mother and an Irish/English Protestant father. The only three-time best actor Oscar winner, Day-Lewis decided to retire from acting after completing “Phantom Thread,” a film about the world of high fashion. He was vague about his reasons, but seemed firm in his decision.

In November, Chalamet had a big supporting role in “Lady Bird,” a Globe nominee for best comedy film. “Call Me By Your Name,” a best drama film nominee, opened in December to great reviews.  The film is set in Italy. Chalamet plays Elio, the 17-year-old son of an American Jewish professor and an Italian Jewish mother. Elio and Oliver, a visiting American Jewish college student, have a brief romance. Call” is based on a 2007 novel of the same name by ANDRE ACIMAN, 66, an American Jew born in Egypt who partially grew-up in Italy.

In an early December interview, Chalamet called himself Jewish. (His American Jewish mother has posted on-line photos of a family Hanukkah celebration and of an about-to-be used Seder table.) Two weeks ago, Chalamet told a reporter that his father, a journalist, is “French Protestant” and his mother is Jewish.

JAMES FRANCO, 39, (“Disaster Artist”) is nominated for best actor, musical or comedy. In “Disaster,” which he also directed, he plays a (real-life) director of a (real) terrible movie. Franco’s has recently embraced his Jewish background, including having a bar mitzvah in 2015. (Note: Ansel Elgort, the star of “Baby Driver,” competes in this category. His only Jewish grandparent was his paternal grandfather).

Meryl Streep (“The Post”) is nominated (best actress, drama) for playing “Washington Post” publisher Katharine Graham in “The Post.” Graham’s father was Jewish, but she was raised Christian.

LIEV SCHREIBER, 50 (“Ray Donovan”) is up for the best actor, TV drama Globe.  MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL, 40 (“The Deuce”) is nominated for best actress, TV drama. She plays a prostitute who is struggling to find a better way to make a living. James Franco co-stars.

PAMELA ADLON, 51 (“Better Things”) and ALISON BRIE, 34 (“Glow”) are nominated for best actress, comedy. Adlon is her show’s co-creator and it’s based on her experience of as a harried single mother of three. Brie’s career has soared since the release of her hit Netflix series in which she plays a struggling actress who stumbles into pro wrestling. Her husband is DAVE FRANCO, 32, James’ brother.

Adlon and Brie compete with Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”). Brosnahan plays the title character, a Jewish comedian. Brosnahan is  marvelous as Maisel. She says her performance is informed by growing up in a heavily Jewish Chicago suburb.

Robert DeNiro (“Wizard of Lies”) and Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”) were nominated (best actor in a limited series/TV movie) for playing real life Jews: BERNIE MADOFF and ALBERT EINSTEIN, respectively. Michelle Pfeiffer snared a supporting nomination for playing RUTH MADOFF in “Wizard.”

Other TV Awards

“The best of” awards in different TV genres 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 series, drama.  It vies in this category with “Game of Thrones” and “This is Us.” “Thrones” was co-created by DAVID BENIOFF, 47, and D.B. WEISS, 46. They often write the scripts. “This is Us,” a hit family drama, was created by DAN FOGELMAN, 39.

“Mrs. Maisel” and “Will & Grace” are nominated for best TV series, comedy. Maisel was created by AMY SHERMAN-PADILLIO, 51.  “Will and Grace” was co-created by DAVID KOHAN, 53, and MAX MUTCHNICK, 52.

Other Movie Awards

Best original film song: “This is Me” (from “The Greatest Showman”) BENJ PASEK and Justin Paul, both 32; best original score: HANS ZIMMER, 60, “Dunkirk”; best animated film:  LEE UNKRICH, 50 (“Coco”, director); best screenplay: AARON SORKIN (“Molly’s Game”, which he also directed) competes with “The Post”, which was co-written by JOSH SINGER, 44; best director: STEVEN SPIELBERG, 71, “The Post.”  Best film, comedy or musical: “The Disaster Artist,” directed by James Franco. Best film, drama: "The Post" (directed by Spielberg).


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