The Golden Globes nominations have been announced, and perhaps not surprisingly, there is more than a smattering of Jewish names among the list of actors, directors and other film and TV folk who will be nervously biting their nails come January 16.
The Kings Speech - which snagged seven Golden Globe Awards nominations, the most of any contending film - is the brainchild of British screenwriter and nominee David Seidler, whose flight from the Nazis and Jewish family trauma partly inspired the movie. Other frontrunners include the Mark Zuckerberg-Facebook saga The Social Network, tied with The Fighter with six nods; and Darren Aronofskys lushly photographed, intense ballet drama, Black Swan, with four nominations.
Kevin Spacey, who plays disgraced Orthodox former lobbyist Jack Abramoff in Casino Jack, is up for best actor in a musical or comedy, as is Paul Giamatti of Barneys Version, based on a novel by Canadian-Jewish author Mordecai Richler. Meanwhile, Jesse Eisenberg (Zuckerberg in The Social Network) will compete in the dramatic category with performers such as 127 Hours James Franco, who recently spoke to the Journal about combining his film work with doctoral studies in English at Yale and even his desire to become bar mitzvah.