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Jews go for gold

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-12-19

Debra Messing up for Golden Globe

Debra Messing

Debra Messing, Sarah Jessica Parker and Alicia Silverstone are among those Jewish stars nominated for Golden Globe Awards this year – with all three set to fight it out in the same category.


Jewish actresses Debra Messing, Sarah Jessica Parker and Alicia Silverstone are set to battle it out at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, after all three were nominated in the Best TV Comedy Actress category. The shortlist, which was revealed in Los Angeles on 18 December, sees Messing up for her role in the sitcom Will And Grace, Parker nominated for the part of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex And The City, and Silverstone given the nod for new show Miss Match, in which she plays lawyer-turned-matchmaker Kate Fox.


The trio are among a number of Jewish writer and performers to have been nominated for this year’s awards, which honour achievements in film and TV and are seen as a strong indicator of who will do well at the Oscars in February.


In the film categories, Sean Penn has been nominated for Best Dramatic Actor for his performance in the Clint Eastwood film Mystic River, while Jack Black’s turn as a rock star turned music teacher in School Of Rock has won him a place on the Best Actor – Musical Or Comedy shortlist. And teenage newcomer Evan Rachel Wood has made the cut for her performance as a troubled student in Thirteen. Elsewhere, Richard Curtis has won a nomination for his Love Actually screenplay, while the film is nominated for Best Musical Or Comedy.


On the TV front, Will And Grace has also scored nominations in the Best Comedy Actor and Best Comedy show categories, while Parker’s Sex And The City co-stars have all scored nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a TV show – including Kristin Davis, whose character Charlotte spent much of the last series converting to Judaism in order to marry her boyfriend Harry Goldenblatt.


Meanwhile, Michael Douglas is to receive this year’s Cecil B DeMille award, an honorary Globe given for outstanding contribution to entertainment. Douglas has won two Golden Globes in the past, one as Best Actor for 1987’s Wall Street and another as one of the producers of 1975’s Best Film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.


The awards will be presented at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday January 25.