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Golden nominations for Jews

by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-12-14

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

It’s not so much the Golden Globes as the Golden Jews, with a whole bunch of Semitic stars being nominated for top honours this year.


The nominations, which came out today, show that Jewish talent is alive and kicking – at least in America, with one token Brit Jew flying the flag for Blighty.


Leading the pack is sexy Semite Natalie Portman, who has picked up a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Closer, which features her getting her kit off and pole-dancing. In fact, she’s not the only talented Jew in the movie – veteran director Mike Nichols has landed on the Best Director shortlist for his work on the film, while author and actor Patrick Marber, who penned the script (based on his original play) has nabbed a well-deserved Best Screenplay nomination. Daily Jews says: Well done Patrick for representing Britain.


But it’s not just Closer that has given us reason to celebrate. Talented teen Emmy Rossum shows up in the Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) category for her role in the big-budget musical Phantom Of The Opera, while quirky write Charlie Kaufman has also bagged a spot in the Screenplay nominations for Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Daily Jews has of course divided loyalties among fellow Semites Kaufman and Marber.


Elsewhere, Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz is up for Best Original Song for Accidentally In Love, which featured on the soundtrack to animated hit Shrek 2.


Turning to the TV nominations, a battle of the kosher babes is looming as Sarah Jessica Parker and Debra Messing fight it out for the Best Comedy Actress trophy. Parker is up for Sex and The City and Messing for Will and Grace. Meanwhile Arrested Development – which follows the fortunes of the Jewish Bluth family – is among those nominated for Best Musical or Comedy Series.


In the Comedy Actor category, two Jews are once again set to fight it out. This time it’s between Zach Braff, star of Scrubs and director of the new film Garden State (starring Natalie Portman) and Daily Jews’ favourite Jewish writer and comedian Larry David (here nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm). Shame that the show itself has missed out on a nomination for Best Musical or Comedy Series.


Another to watch out for is Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV movie, in which Oliver Platt and Jeremy Piven – both relatively unknown outside of the US (but they should be after this) – are on the shortlist alongside William Shatner. And finally, keep an eye on the Best Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie, which includes The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers. The film, which was only shown on TV in the US, but was released in UK cinemas, to mixed reviews, stars Geoffrey Rush as Jewish comic legend Peter Sellers and Miriam Margolyes as his mother.


The gongs will be handed out on January 16.