Slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” and 1970s con-artist caper “American Hustle” led the Golden Globe Awards nominations announced on Thursday with seven nods each, fortifying their frontrunner positions in a crowded field ahead of the Oscars.
In the coveted best drama category, “12 Years a Slave” will compete against piracy tale “Captain Phillips,” space thriller “Gravity,” adoption drama “Philomena,” and race-car rivalry “Rush.”
“American Hustle,” was nominated for best comedy or musical, alongside computer-age romance “Her,” folk singer tale “Inside Llewyn Davis,” heartland ode “Nebraska” and financial tale “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Best acting nominations favored acclaimed actors with long careers, like 79-year-old Judi Dench for her role as a mother looking for the son she was forced to give up in “Philomena” or Robert Redford, 77, the sole cast member as a sailor in “All Is Lost.”
“Homeland”, the post-9/11 American psychological thriller which has swept television awards including at Sunday’s Golden Globes, could run for years more, one of its Israeli co-creators said.
Now two seasons old, “Homeland” won the Golden Globe for best drama and best actor honors for Damian Lewis, who plays a returning Iraq veteran turned by al Qaeda, as well as a best actress award for Claire Danes in her role as a bipolar CIA officer.
Gideon Raff, whose Israeli television drama “Hatufim” inspired “Homeland” and who has co-written the U.S. show, said the Danes character could generate several more seasons.
“I know that the fact that ‘Homeland’ has at its centre a CIA analyst and her boss could allow it to continue for a good number of years more. It would always be possible to switch cases when a case ends,” Raff, speaking from the Los Angeles, told Israel’s Army Radio on Monday.
“As long as we somehow keep our finger on the pulse of the spirit of the times in America, in terms of what interests the audience, I believe it will be okay.”
Jews don’t run Hollywood, but it turns out an Israeli controls the Golden Globes — much to the dissatisfaction of some inside the entertainment industry.
Judith Solomon, a writer for Israeli magazine Women’s World, has earned a long list of Hollywood enemies as the person responsible for seating at the pre-Oscars award ceremony.
A new profile reports that Solomon caused a “mini world war” last year when she decreed that agents and managers couldn’t sit in “the pit,” the high-visibility area closest to the Golden Globes stage.
Golden Globe nominations are in and “The King’s Speech,” written by Jewish screenwriter David Seidler, did not go unrecognized. Haaretz reports that the movie, which is inspired by Seidler’s family ties to the Holocaust and the silence that surrounded the tragedy, snagged seven nominations.
He’s not the only Jew worthy of a mazel tov. “The Social Network,” about Mark Zuckererg’s early empire years, received six nods. Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Zuckerberg, will go up against “127 Hours” star James Franco in the dramatic category (Franco recently expressed his desire to become a bar mitzvah).