December 22, 2011
Allen, Spielberg grab Golden Globe nominations
Famed directors Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg led the list of Jewish nominees for Golden Globe Awards.
Allen with his “Midnight in Paris,” a critical and commercial success, was rewarded with three nods: best motion picture (musical or comedy), director and screenplay.
Spielberg’s “War Horse” was nominated for best motion picture (drama) and “The Adventures of Tintin” for best animated feature film.
The Golden Globe nominations, which were announced Dec. 15, are seen as a predictor for the Oscar races.
“Footnote,” which was the best screenplay winner at the Cannes Film Festival for Israeli director-writer Joseph Cedar, did not make the Golden Globes cut.
However, Israel could take some pride in the strong showing of the American television series (drama) “Homeland,” based on the Israeli hit “Hatufim,” or Prisoners of War. The American version, produced by Howard Gordon, earned nominations as best in its category, as well as acting nominations for its stars, Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.
Other notable Jewish talent is also in the running, according to Danielle Berrin, the “Hollywood Jew” blogger for The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.
In film nominations, Jonah Hill of “Moneyball” and Albert Brooks of “Drive” will compete in the best supporting actor category. Up for best screenplay honors is Aaron Sorkin, co-writer of “Moneyball.”
Television picks included HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, in the best drama TV series category.
“Modern Family,” created by Steve Levitan (with Christopher Lloyd) received nods for best television series (musical or comedy).
Evan Rachel Wood was nominated for best supporting performance in the miniseries “Mildred Pierce.”