Quentin Tarantino at the Golden Globes at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, Jan. 5, 2020. (JTA/Daniele Venturelli/WireImage/Getty Images)
Quentin Tarantino at the Golden Globes at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, Jan. 5, 2020. (JTA/Daniele Venturelli/WireImage/Getty Images)

Top Jewish moments from the Golden Globes: Tarantino’s Hebrew, Haddish’s necklace, Joey King’s dress

As always, the Golden Globes was a coming together of some of Hollywood’s biggest Jewish talents.

There weren’t many Jewish award winners at the glitzy ceremony on Jan. 5, but these were our favorite Jewish moments from one of the industry’s biggest nights of the year.

Quentin Tarantino spoke Hebrew to his Israeli wife. The non-Jewish director won some awards for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and in an acceptance speech sent some love to his pregnant wife, Israeli singer Daniella Pick, who was in Tel Aviv.

Toda giveret, I love you,” he said at the end of his speech. The first phrase translates to something like “Thanks ma’am” — the latter word having a less matronly connotation in Hebrew.

Tiffany Haddish wore her Jewish star necklace. The comedian and movie star recently had a bat mitzvah and showed off her newfound Jewish pride in a Netflix standup special, so it wasn’t too surprising to see Haddish rocking a Star of David necklace. But it was still meaningful.

Alma speculated that it could’ve been the one that Barbra Streisand gave her recently.

Sam Mendes won best director. The British director, known for acclaimed movies such as “American Beauty” and “Revolutionary Road,” won his second Globe for best director of a feature film for his work on the World War I drama “1917.” He has said that he inherited his work ethic from his Jewish mother.

Sacha Baron Cohen calls out “Zuck.” The comic prankster resumed his tirade against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and used the anti-Nazi film “Jojo Rabbit” to help do it.

“The hero of this next movie is a naive, misguided child who spreads Nazi propaganda and only has imaginary friends,” Cohen said while presenting an award. “His name is Mark Zuckerberg. Sorry, sorry … this is an old intro for ‘Social Network.’ I’m actually talking about ‘Jojo Rabbit.’”

Cohen, who was nominated for best actor in a dramatic TV film or miniseries for his work in “The Spy,” has criticized Zuckerberg publicly for months over Facebook’s policies when it comes to policing ads, hate speech and fake information.

He gave a speech about the faults of social media at the Anti-Defamation League’s recent conference, at which he received an award.

“If a neo-Nazi comes goose-stepping into a restaurant and starts threatening other customers and saying he wants to kill Jews, would the owner of the restaurant be required to serve him an elegant eight-course meal? Of course not!” Cohen said in the speech, echoing comments he had made earlier in interviews. “The restaurant owner has every legal right and a moral obligation to kick the Nazi out, and so do these internet companies.”

Joey King became a fashion star. Joey King was the Breakout Star of the Golden Globes Red Carpet” — that’s just one of several headlines praising the young actress’ fashion sense at the awards.

King, 20, best known for her role in the Hulu drama “The Act” — for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe — is part Jewish and part Christian, but the L.A.-born actress, who broke into the mainstream after portraying Ramona in the 2010 comedy “Ramona and Beezus,” has called herself “mostly Jewish” before.

Gabe Friedman
Gabe Friedman

Gabe Friedman is deputy managing editor at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.


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