Don’t call me yenta


Jewish celebrity gossip roundup along with some colorful commentary by Cheryl Jacobs.

Don’t call me yenta

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…awards show season!

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For those of you who read my blog regularly, it's probably not going to come as much of a surprise that this yenta loves everything about awards show seasontons of new celebrity gossip to follow, great movies hit the theatres, amazing fashion and red carpets, entertaining and not-so-entertaining acceptance speeches and lots of "live" performances. (Just saying, Adele rocked the Grammy's and who knows when she will be able to perform live in Chicagoat least I go to see her on TV.)

While this year may not seem as big for Jewish actorsno Natalie Portman to sweep the Best Actress categoriesthere are still some notables and new faces nominated, especially at the big kahuna of awards shows, The Academy Awards. Before we talk Oscars, let's revisit how the Jewish nominees have performed so far.

The Golden Globes aka the boozy, fun awards show, had a plethora of Jewish nominees and even some winners who are bolded below:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion PictureComedy Or Musical:
Joseph-Gordon Levitt, 50/50

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Best DirectorMotion Picture:
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Best ScreenplayMotion Picture:
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Aaron Sorkin- Moneyball

Best Original SongMotion Picture:
Madonna, Masterpiece (I know, I know. I really shouldn't be including her here as a Jewish celebrity, but it beefs up our numbers.)

Best Animated Feature Film:
Steven Spielberg, The Adventures of Tin Tin

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (TV):
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Romola Garai, The Hour

Also worth noting: The Weinstein Company had the most nominations at this year's Golden Globes with a whopping 12, Homeland, originally an Israeli show, won the Best Television SeriesDrama award and Natalie Portman was my pick for best dressed that night.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Armie Hammer, J Edgar Hoover
Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory (I included this show because it has a very Jewish cast.)

So clearly the SAG awards were not a good night for Jewish actors this year. Oh well, better luck next year and I don't think it will have much implication on who wins the Oscars, which air Sunday, February 26.

Jewish nominees for The Academy Awards:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Foreign Language Film:
Joseph Cedar, Israel, Footnote
Aaron Sorkin- Moneyball (Writing, adapted screenplay
Woody Allen- Midnight in Paris (Writing, original screenplay)

Best Director:
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

For my own amusement, I'm going to end this piece with my picks to win the big Oscar awards this year. Just to be clear, I'm basing these on what actors I like best and what movies I've seen, but I don't claim to be a movie expert. I'm a big pop culture and celebrity fan, just don't call me yenta.

Here are my picks to win the Oscars:

Best Actor in a Leading RoleJean Dujardin, The Artist
See the explanation below for my pick for Best Picture. The same reasons apply as to why I think he and the movie will win big.

 Best Actress in a Leading Role-Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
I love Michelle Williams and I particularly loved her in this movie.  I don't think she will actually winIt's Meryl Streep's turnbut she's my personal pick for best actress this year. And after the SAG awards, I think there is a small chance that Viola Davis could surprise everyone and win.

Best Actor in a Supporting RoleChristopher Plummer, Beginners
As much as I want to give this to the sole Jewish actor in the acting categories, Jonah Hill, who was amazing in Moneyball, I think the Oscar will rightfully go to Christopher Plummer. And how can you not want to root for Captain von Trapp?

Best Actress in a Supporting RoleOctavia Spencer, The Help
If she doesn't win, I'll be shocked and she will be robbed. She was amazing in The Help, which was one of my favorite movies (and books) of the year. I also think Jessica Chastain gave a great performance in the movie and I was happy to see her nominated as well.

Best DirectorWoody Allen, Midnight in Paris
I've got to give this award to Woody Allen.  While admittedly I'm not always a fan of his movies, I really enjoyed everything about Midnight in Paris.  If like me, you usually skip his movies, I recommend actually giving this one a try, especially if you are a fan of the 20s. I think he has a solid chance to win this award and I've got to pick at least one Jewish celebrity to win an Oscar this year, so Woody Allen is my choice.

Best PictureThe Artist
I still haven't seen it, but it's cleaned up at all the other award shows and seems like a shoe-in for the Oscars. It's a totally unique movie in case you've been living under a rock and haven't heard most of the movie is silentand that's usually popular with the academy. I think it will win the majority of all the awards on Oscar night.

So there you have it, be sure to check back next Monday to see how I did! 


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