WHILE Ricky Gervais tore strips off the glitterati at the Golden Globes on Monday, Jewish talent had little to lament after the ceremony, walking away with a number of top trophies.
With one of the largest contingents of Jewish filmmakers and actors up for awards, some prominent personalities were overlooked, but at least six golden gongs will be sitting alongside the Shabbat candlesticks on celebrity mantelpieces.
Among the success stories on the night, Natalie Portman took out the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama), for her portrayal of a tortured ballerina in Black Swan.
Lisa Cholodenko picked up the Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) category for The Kids Are All Right, while Aaron Sorkin took out the Best Screenplay award for his seminal The Social Network script, holding off fellow Jewish screenwriters David Seidler, who wrote The King’s Speech and Cholodenko, up for a second trophy for The Kids Are All Right.
Other Jewish winners included Diane Warren in the Best Original Song (Motion Picture) category (You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me from Burlesque), Danish director Susanne Bier for Best Foreign Language Film (In A Better World) and Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk for Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical).
Jewish director Darren Aronofsky was the big loser on the night, his film Black Swan missing out on Best Motion Picture, Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role – for Jewish star Mila Kunis – and Best Director gongs.
Conversely, Sorkin’s Social Network scooped four awards, and it might have been more had Jewish stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield not missed out on the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor statuettes.
James Franco also missed out in the Best Actor category for his role in 127 Hours while Jake Gyllenhaal was overlooked for his role as a viagra salesman in clever romantic comedy Love And Other Drugs.
Longtime Tim Burton collaborator Danny Elfman (Alice In Wonderland) was edged by Trent Reznor (The Social Network) in the category for Best Original Score.