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‘Maestro,’ About Leonard Bernstein’s Marriage, Gets Four Golden Globes Nominations, Including Best Picture

Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein on the set of “Maestro.” Photo: Netflix.

Maestro, the film about the marriage of late Jewish conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, received Golden Globes nominations on Monday for best picture in the drama category, best actress for Carey Mulligan and best actor for lead star Bradly Cooper, who is also nominated for directing the film.

Maestro focuses mostly on Bernstein’s private life, family, and marriage to Chilean-American actress Felicia Montealegre, who is played in the film by Mulligan. Bernstein was the former conductor of the New York Philharmonic and best known for writing the music for West Side Story. He won numerous awards throughout his illustrious career, include Emmys, Tonys and 16 Grammy Awards. The father-of-three died on Oct. 14, 1990.

The full list of Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday and the ceremony is set for Jan. 7, 2024.

Maestro will compete in the best picture category against Anatomy of a Fall, Killers of the Flower Moon, Past Lives, The Zone of Interest — about the commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp Rudolf Höss — and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, which chronicles the creation of the atomic bomb during World War II. Cillian Murphy received a nod for best actor for starring as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the man responsible for making the top-secret Manhattan Project a success, while a nod for supporting actor was given to Robert Downey Jr. for playing Lewis L. Strauss, who is Jewish. Nolan’s film received eight nominations in total, including for best screenplay and director.

In the comedy or musical category, Jewish actors Natalie Portman, Joaquin Phoenix and Timothée Chalamet are nominated for their leading roles in May December, Beau is Afraid and Wonka, respectively. In television, Emma Stone  is nominated for her role in the Showtime series The Curse, where she plays a Jewish convert and lights Shabbat blessings. She is also nominated for best actress in the film Poor Things. Additionally, Rachel Weisz is nominated for playing both Beverly and Elliot Mantle in the Amazon Prime series Dead Ringers. Other Jewish actors in television who received Golden Globe nominations include Natasha Lyonne (Pokerface), Eban Moss-Bachrach (The Bear) and Jason Segal (Shrinking), and Eban Moss-Bachrach.

Jewish DJ, record producer and songwriter Mark Ronson is nominated for best song for Dance the Night and I’m Just Ken from the movie Barbie, which is about the popular doll created by Ruth Handler, who was Jewish. Barbie topped the list of nominees with nine nods.

The late Jewish musician and songwriter Robbie Robertson is nominated for his score for Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, which is also nominated for a slew of other awards, including best screenplay for Scorsese and Jewish screenwriter Eric Roth.

Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman, both of whom are Jewish, are each nominated in the Globes’ new category for stand-up comedy for Amy Schumer: Emergency Contact and Sarah Silverman: Someone You Love, respectively.

The post ‘Maestro,’ About Leonard Bernstein’s Marriage, Gets Four Golden Globes Nominations, Including Best Picture first appeared on Algemeiner.com.

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‘The mobs will not silence my voice’ says Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman after her Thornhill office is plastered with anti-Israel posters

Posters slamming Israel and decrying Canada’s suspension of funding to UNRWA were found at the Thornhill, Ont., offices of Melissa Lantsman, a pro-Israel and Jewish Conservative MP who serves as deputy leader of the Official Opposition.   “Blood on Your Hands,” “Stop Arming Israel” and “Fund UNRWA Now” were among the messages found taped to […]

The post ‘The mobs will not silence my voice’ says Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman after her Thornhill office is plastered with anti-Israel posters appeared first on The Canadian Jewish News.

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IDF Chief Weighs in on Ultra-Orthodox Military Service, Week After New Draft Bill Proposed

FILE PHOTO: Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi speaks during his transition ceremony with the Prime Minister, Defense Minister, and the outgoing chief, in Jerusalem, January 16, 2023. Maya Alleruzzo/Pool via REUTERS

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi called on the ultra-Orthodox public to mobilize for the current and future wars, a position at odds with their historic role in the state, in which they enjoy near blanket exemptions from military service.

“In these challenging days, there is one thing that is very clear: Everyone should mobilize for the defense of the homeland,” Halevi said.

He added: “This is a different era, and what was before it will certainly be re-examined. The IDF has always sought to bring into its ranks from all sections of Israeli society. This war illustrates the need to change. Join the service, protect the homeland. We have a historic opportunity to expand the sources of recruitment for the IDF at a time when the necessity is very high. We will know how to create the right solutions and conditions for any population that will join this noble mission.”

The issue of ultra-Orthodox enlistment in the IDF has been a hot button issue since the state’s establishment in 1948 and, in more recent years, the cause of wide scale backlash against the community. As part of an agreement when the state was founded, the ultra-Orthodox public was exempted completely from service. However, as the years progressed and the population grew exponentially, critics of the policy decried the unfairness of it.

A bill last week was introduced by the ruling Likud Party that called for an increase in military service time, particularly for reserve forces, yet failed to discuss the ultra-Orthodox issue. Backlash from both opposition and coalition members was swift.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich at the time said, “The ultra-Orthodox public is dear and loved and contributes a lot to the State of Israel, and it is now essential that it also take a more significant part in the tasks of defense and security. This move should happen out of dialogue and discussion and not by coercion or, God forbid, by defamation. Religious Zionism proves that it is possible to combine Torah study and observance of minor and severe mitzvot together with military service at the front. My ultra-Orthodox brothers, we need you!”

Halevi’s comments were his first on the highly contentious issue.

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Israeli victims of the Oct. 7 attacks present their case to the International Criminal Court, hoping for arrest warrants against Hamas

A legal brief documenting the kidnapping, rape, torture and executions of Israelis who are being held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza has been filed at the International Criminal Court by the Canadian-based Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. The 1,000-page dossier documents the brutality of the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks on Israel, which killed […]

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