2 shows about Jews win Golden Globe awards

“Transparent,” the Amazon original series about a Jewish family whose 70-year-old patriarch comes out as transgender, won the Golden Globe award Jan. 11 for best TV series-comedy. The sitcom — written and directed by Jill Soloway and loosely based on her own life — stars Jeffrey Tambor, a San Francisco native who won the Golden Globe for best actor.

Maggie Gyllenhaal topped the field for best performance by an actress in a miniseries or TV movie for her performance in “The Honourable Woman.” Gyllenhaal, whose mother is Jewish, portrays Nessa Stein, a Jewish businesswoman who tries to bridge Middle East hostilities by linking Israelis and Palestinians through a communications network.

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Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress in a motion picture for her role in “Boyhood,” a film made over the course of 12 years. It won the award for best movie drama.

The biggest, if uncredited, Jewish winner of the evening may have been the late novelist Stefan Zweig (1881-1942), whose writings inspired director Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” winner of the Best Motion Picture-Comedy award. Sharing in the triumph was Jewish producer Scott Rudin.

Israel’s entry in the foreign-language film competition made the shortlist of five finalists with “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” chronicling the five-year struggle by an Orthodox woman in Israel to convince a rabbinical court to grant her a Jewish divorce from her husband. “Gett” lost out to Russia’s “Leviathan,” the story of a working man fighting the corrupt mayor of his town.

Another finalist, and early favorite, in the category was Poland’s entry, “Ida,” the story of a young Polish woman about to take her vows as a nun who discovers that she is the daughter of Jewish parents killed in the Holocaust.

Actors including George Clooney, Kathy Bates and Helen Mirren wore “Je Suis Charlie” buttons at the ceremony in memory of the 12 people killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

The terrorist killings in the French capital in the preceding days, which also included an attack on a kosher supermarket that killed four Jewish men on Jan. 9, lent a serious undertone to the usually lighthearted affair hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Among those killed last week at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, was the celebrated French Jewish cartoonist Georges Wolinski. — jta



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