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Top 6 Jewish moments at the Golden Globes

by Danielle Berrin

January 18, 2010 | 12:29 am

Jews everywhere are disgruntled that “Schindler’s List” didn’t win a Golden Globe this year. And if that weren’t bad enough, the three-hour ceremony sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association didn’t feature a single close-up—let alone a sighting—of Steven Spielberg. Which is why Hollywood Jew picked out the Top 6 other reasons to watch the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.

6. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick looking as in love as ever even after they lost it all to Bernie Madoff last year.

The couple kissed multiple times before a giddy Kevin Bacon took to the stage for his best actor in a TV movie win for HBO’s “Taking Chance.”

5. An Austrian named Christoph Waltz winning best supporting actor for playing The Jew Hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”

In iconic actor style, Waltz blithered on about how Quentin Tarantino flung his world into a new orbit, or something. Then he thanked Harvey Weinstein and Lawrence Bender.

4. Meryl Streep’s (non-Jewish) Jewish guilt

Streep drew on the ever-powerful mother figure for strength during a week in which massive human disaster and red carpet fripperies competed for airtime. “She had no patience for gloom and doom,” Streep said of her mother. “I’m not like that: I come to Golden Globes weekend and I am really honestly conflicted how to have my happy movie self in the face of everything that I’m aware of in the real world…That’s when I have my mothers voice coming to me saying, ‘Shoot some money to Partners in Health [a health care organization dedicated to underserved communities], put the dress on, and be damn grateful that you have the dollars the help.”

3. Matt Weiner’s one-up on Drew Barrymore

After Barrymore gushed over winning an award in a room she’s frequented since she was age 7, Weiner said, “I too was in this ballroom when I was 7-years-old. It was for a Bar Mitzvah. It rained. And everybody’s hair was just as curly as tonight.”

2. Jason Reitman’s Nice Jewish Boy act

During his acceptance speech for best screenplay (which he shares with writing partner Sheldon Turner) for “Up in the Air,” Hollywood’s favorite Jewish boy went all oooey gooey over his family – and a certain gentile named George Clooney. “George, you’re one of the greatest men I’ve ever met in my life; I’m so proud to know you and be your friend,” Reitman said. Star-kissing aside, the writer/director also gave high praise to his wife, Michele, who converted to Judaism. “People like how I write women,” Reitman said. “I could never write women if it wasn’t for my wife; you are the fuel to my creative fire, Michele.” But let’s be honest, what half-decent Jewish boy doesn’t put his parents first? “And most importantly, [to] my mother and father: You taught me how to be the man I am; you taught me to be the storyteller I am.” To his father, fellow multi-hyphenate Ivan Reitman, he said, “Dad, I am so proud to share this movie with you, to produce with you, I hope we can do many more. I love you, thank you for everything.”

1. Host Ricky Gervais shames everyone – especially Mel Gibson

Proudly holding up his beer for the cameras, Gervais declared, “I’ve had a couple; honestly, I like a drink as much as the next man—unless the next man is Mel Gibson.” And, taking it like the disgraced former movie star that he is, Gibson shrugged it off with a grunty “Allllright.” Then he said, “I’m here to talk about ‘Inglourious Basterds’” – wait, really?! Mel Gibson is presenting the year’s most overtly Jewish movie??? —- “Or as actors call them, directors.” Aaaaaah, that’s better.

[Correction: Jason Reitman’s wife, Michele, is Jewish. She converted before their wedding.]

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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