Last night’s Golden Globes was perhaps the Jewiest in recent memory and as the fashion police are out in full force today, we thought we’d do a roundup of the best Jewish moments of the night.
Here are our favorites, for better or for worse, moments in no particular order:
• Aziz Ansari stole the show with the funniest cutaway of a nominee of the night. Ansari, nominated for “Master of None,” came prepared to lose to last year’s winner Jeffrey Tambor with a book titled “How to Lose to Jeffrey Tambor With Dignity.” Unfortunately, Tambor did not win, but we wouldn’t mind getting a copy of the book for ourselves.
• While presenting the first award of the night Jonah Hill revealed that he is, in fact, the bear from “The Revenant.” Hill thanked his director Alejandro Iñárritu for taking a chance on a two-year-old bear from the Sierra Mountains. Leonardo DiCaprio, the bear’s arch nemesis, thought the gag was hilarious, especially the bit where Hill wore a green pin for honey awareness.
• Anytime these two ladies get together makes for comedic gold. Just when you thought you couldn’t love Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence more, they show up and win your heart all over again. Let the record show the Forward was the first news outlet to demand they co-host next year’s Golden Globes.
• Director Laszlo Nemes’s acceptance speech after winning the Best Foreign Motion Picture for “Son of Saul.”: “The Holocaust has become over the years an abstraction. For me, it’s more of a face we must not forget.”
• Rachel Bloom’s endearing acceptance speech and excited exit.
• It wouldn’t be a Ricky Gervais hosting gig without a “Schindler’s List” joke. “The Hollywood Foreign Press deemed The Martian a comedy and even nominated it,” Gervais quipped. “And hence, Matt Damon is here tonight. So that worked a treat, didn’t it? To be fair, The Martian was a lot funnier than Pixels. But then again, so was Schindler’s List.“
Harvey Weinstein approved.
• Aaron Sorkin’s win for Best Screenplay for “Steve Jobs.”
• Every word of Gervais’s introduction of Mel Gibson: “I’m in the awkward position of having to introduce him again. Listen, I’m sure it’s embarrassing for both of us. I blame NBC for this terrible situation. Mel blames…we know who Mel blames. Listen, I still feel a bit bad for it. Mel’s forgotten all about it apparently, that’s what drinking does. I want to say something nice about Mel before he comes out. So: I’d rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than with Bill Cosby.”
• And just when Gibson thought it was over, Gervais ended the show with: “From myself and Mel Gibson, shalom.”
Stay gloriously tipsy, Golden Globes, and see ya next year!
Maia Efrem is the former research editor and assistant to the editor and was also responsible for the Forward’s annual Salary Survey. Previously she served as the editor of Blognik Beat, a blog written by students who emigrated from or have ties to the Former Soviet Union. Maia is a graduate of Hunter College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
'Shalom' From Mel Gibson and 8 Other Jewish Moments at the Golden Globes