June 18, 2019

Members of the Tribe Celebrate at the Golden Globes

The 76th Golden Globe Awards 2019

A night at the Golden Globes with the cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the producer of Green Book, Mary Poppins Returns composer Marc Shaiman, First Man Composer Justin Hurwitz, and more from the red carpet!

Posted by Jewish Journal on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

It was a triumphant night for a handful of  Jewish artists at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony on Jan. 6 at the Beverly Hilton.

Hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh teased that the evening would be light and raunchy and kept their promise while killing the ballroom with kindness. It was basically your average Shabbat family dinner. And in Jewish family fashion, everyone arrived at the party together, yelling over the noise. 

The Journal attended the star-studded evening, when even before the stars headed for interviews on the red carpet, models were handing out Fiji waters and small bottles of Champagne. 

The cast of Amazon’s growing hit “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” walked the red carpet in Noah’s ark fashion, with Tony Shalhoub (Abe Weissman) and Marin Hinkle (Rose Weissman) walking hand in hand, as did Caroline Aaron (Shirley Maisel) and Kevin Pollak (Moishe Maisel). 

“It’s so weird that you want to talk to us,” Pollak joked before he and his on-screen wife listed their favorite moments from Season 2.


“That Catskills scene was really fun,” Aaron said. “Driving into the Catskills and wearing a full length mink all the time. It was also fun to be out of town with your cast mates.”

Pollak interjected like the older Jewish husband he is: “I mean, cast and crew staying in the same hotel, it was like sleepaway camp.”

Michael Zegen, who plays the titular character Miriam (Midge) Maisel’s ex-husband, Joel, reveled in how he was getting more love in his second year on the red carpet. “It’s interesting. People used to come up to me and tell me how much they hated Joel and now people tell me, ‘You know, I sort of feel bad for him,’” Zegen said. “I just love playing him and learning new things about him.”

The show has been renewed for a third season, and honorary Jew Rachel Brosnahan took home her second Golden Globe for best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy, for her role as Midge. She told the Journal that playing a loud, proud and funny Jewish woman like Midge was something she never thought she’d be able to do. 

After winning the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for her role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” actress Rachel Brosnahan poses backstage in the press room with her Golden Globe Award at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 6, 2019. Photo courtesy by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

“I have never done comedy, don’t come from comedy, was and remain absolutely horrified of the idea of doing stand-up on television,” the two-time Golden Globe winner said. “I rarely read about women who are as unapologetically confident as Midge, who are proud of their voices, who are curious and wanting to ask questions about the world around them. I find that inspiring and aspirational and it has been incredible to hear the same from other women.”

Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” also received major Golden Globes love. The half-hour series follows an aging talent agent (Alan Arkin) and acting coach (Michael Douglas) who navigate faded life together. Douglas took home the trophy for best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy. The show won the award for best television series, musical or comedy.    

Douglas winningly ended his acceptance speech by thanking his father, saying, “And I guess this has got to go to my 102‑year‑old father, Kirk. Alter-kackers rule.” 

“The Kominsky Method”‘s Michael Douglas, Al Higgins, Alan Arkin and Chuck Lorre pose with the award backstage in the press room at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards Photo courtesy by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

In the press room after the ceremony, showrunner Chuck Lorre kvelled over his cast. “I should say the very first scene [Arkin and Douglas rehearsed] was these two gentlemen having lunch at Musso & Frank’s, and that was a moment I’ll never forget,” Lorre said. “Looking at these two guys and wondering if I might be fighting out of my weight class.”

Other memorable Member of the Tribe moments featured Mark Ronson celebrating his award for original song “Shallow” from ”A Star Is Born” with co-writers Lady Gaga, Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando; Patricia Arquette winning for actress in a limited series for her role in “Escape at Dannemora,” directed by Ben Stiller, who presented her the award; and neighborhood “nice Jewish boy” Charles Wessler, one of the producers of “Green Book,” which took home the award for best motion picture,  musical or comedy. 

A big yasher koach to Justin Hurwitz, who took home his third Golden Globe for original score for the film “First Man.” In 2017, he won two Globes for “La La Land.”

Hurwitz told the Journal he enjoyed the challenge of writing music for an iconic moment in history. 

After winning the category of Best Original Score for “First Man,” Justin Hurwitz poses with the award backstage in the press room at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Photo courtesy by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

“‘First Man,’ in a lot of ways, was the most challenging score we’ve done just because it’s a story we all know the end of and it’s very triumphant but what most people didn’t know and what I didn’t know until reading the script was that Neil [Armstrong] and Janet [Shearon] were dealt some very difficult pain and losses, and a lot of their success came from a pain that motivated them and pushed them through those years, and trying to get that through with music was challenging.” 

Although he didn’t win, we give an honorable mention and mazel tov to “Mary Poppins” super-fan and composer Marc Shaiman, who was nominated for best original score for “Mary Poppins Returns.” He said he has loved the original movie since he was 4 years old.

“It’s been part of my DNA ever since,” Shaiman said. “I learned everything you could learn from the Sherman Brothers [Richard and Robert] and Irwin Kostal, the orchestrator of the first movie ­— all nice Jewish boys — and now this was our chance to say, ‘Thank you’ to them.”