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Golden Globes 2018

‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ and all the other Jewish nominees

By Gabe Friedman

(JTA) – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” one of the most thoroughly Jewish shows on television, capitalized on its strong reviews by earning a Golden Globe nomination for best television series, musical or comedy. The Amazon Studios sitcom created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the Jewish writer who is best known for the early 2000s hit “Gilmore Girls,” follows a 1950s Jewish housewife who becomes a standup comedian. JTA said back in March that the show “makes the characters’ Jewishness an integral – but not overdone – part of their identities.”

But Sherman-Palladino was far from the only Jewish star nominated for a Golden Globe on Monday. Here are the rest of the nominees.


Steven Spielberg – best director, motion picture

The Jewish icon’s latest film is the Watergate-era journalism drama “The Post,” starring Meryl Streep as Kay Graham, the first female publisher of The Washington Post.


Daniel Day-Lewis – best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

The three-time Oscar winner, whose mother was Jewish, stars in director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest feature, “Phantom Thread.”


Ansel Elgort – best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

The baby-faced 23-year-old is nominated for his star turn in the heist flick “Baby Driver.” His father is Jewish and his maternal grandmother spent time in a concentration camp for helping smuggle Norwegian-Jewish children out of the hands of Nazis.


Alison Brie – best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy

Brie, who has a Jewish mother (and started her acting career at a California JCC), charmed viewers in her role on Netflix’s “Glow,” which dramatizes the creation of a women’s wrestling show in the ’80s.


James Franco – best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

The perennial Jewish star’s latest role is Tommy Wiseau, who directed “The Room” – deemed by many as the worst film ever made. Franco also directed and produced the film-about-a-film “The Disaster Artist,” which was nominated for best motion picture, musical or comedy.


Maggie Gyllenhaal – best performance by an actress in a television series, drama

The Golden Globe winner starred in “The Deuce,” an HBO series about the porn industry in 1970s New York City written by Jewish filmmaker David Simon.


Timothée Chalamet – best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

This 21-year-old, born to a French father and Jewish-American mother, is nominated for his role in “Call Me by Your Name,” about a gay love affair. He also appeared in “Ladybird,” which garnered multiple Golden Globe nominations.


Pamela Adlon – best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy

The Jewish actress, also known for her work writing and acting in comedian Louis C.K.’s FX show “Louie,” was nominated for work on her show, “Better Things” (which she co-created with Louis C.K.).


Liev Schreiber – best performance by an actor in a television series, drama

The fourth year in a row that the actor has earned a nomination for his role on the crime drama “Ray Donovan.” He talked to JTA earlier this year about how his Jewish grandfather inspires him.


Aaron Sorkin – best screenplay, motion picture

The Oscar winner is nominated for his screenplay, but also makes his directorial debut in “Molly’s Game,” based on a memoir by Molly Bloom, who held underground poker games for Hollywood’s elite.


Josh Singer – best screenplay, motion picture

The Jewish screenwriter is nominated for co-writing the script for Spielberg’s “The Post” with Liz Hannah. He earned an Oscar for co-writing “Spotlight,” the last journalism-themed film to win big on the awards circuit, in 2015.


Hans Zimmer – best original score, motion picture

Zimmer has won multiple Golden Globes, multiple Grammys and an Academy Award. This year he is nominated for his score for “Dunkirk,” director Christopher Nolan’s epic about the World War II battle.

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