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9 Golden Globe-nominated Jewish shows to watch now on Netflix, Amazon and Sky!

Political protesters, time travellers, Orthodox feminists and secret murderers are all in the mix for recognition as digital platforms sweep up this year’s nominations...

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

  • The Queen's Gambit
    The Queen's Gambit
  • Hunters
    Hunters
  • The Undoing
    The Undoing
  • Palm Springs
    Palm Springs
  • Schitt’s Creek
    Schitt’s Creek
  • Shira Haas in Unorthodox
    Shira Haas in Unorthodox
  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 
Courtesy of Amazon Studios
    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Courtesy of Amazon Studios

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Aaron Sorkin’s star-studded drama, The Trial of the Chicago 7, is up for five awards at this year’s Golden Globes.

The star-studded film landed nominations for best motion picture, best supporting actor for Sacha Baron Cohen, best director and best screenplay for Sorkin and best original song for Hear My Voice.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 follows the real-life peaceful protests that turned violent at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Seven organisers of the protest – including Abbie Hoffman (played by Baron Cohen), Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong) and Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne) – were convicted of conspiracy to incite a riot. 

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is available now on Netflix

Mank

Leading the pack with the most Golden Globe nominations is Mank, a biographical drama about screenwriter Herman J Mankiewicz as he grapples to finish the screenplay of Orson Welles’ classic, Citizen Kane.

The film picked up six nominations, including for lead actor Gary Oldman, alongside best motion picture, best screenplay, best supporting actress for Amanda Seyfried, best original score and best director (David Fincher).

Mank is available now on Netflix

The Queen’s Gambit

Writer and director Scott Frank’s chess drama, The Queen’s Gambit, is up against The Undoing and Unorthodox for best television limited series, while Anya Taylor-Joy received a nod for best actress.

Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix drama is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. 

Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Taylor-Joy)  discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilisers provided by the state as a sedative for the children.

Haunted by her personal demons and fuelled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess. 

Frank co-created the critically-acclaimed series with Allan Scott.

The Queen’s Gambit is available now on Netflix

The Undoing

Adapted from author Jean Hanff Korelitz’s suspenseful thriller, You Should Have Known, The Undoing has picked up four Golden Globe nominations. 

Sky Atlantic’s gripping drama, directed by Susanne Bier, will go head-to-head with Unorthodox for best limited series, while Nicole Kidman was nominated for best actress, Hugh Grant for best actor, and Donald Sutherland for best supporting actor.

The Undoing revolves around successful New York therapist Grace Fraser (Kidman), who is happily married with a son (Noah Jupe) and on the brink of publishing her first book. 

But her seemingly perfect world is rocked by a violent death and when her husband Jonathan (played by Hugh Grant) goes missing, a chain of terrible revelations emerges. 

The Undoing is available via Sky On Demand and Amazon Prime Video

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Sacha Baron Cohen’s surprise sequel to his 2006 box office smash, which offers plenty of Jewish moments and a wry comment on antisemitism, has picked up three nods from the Globes, including for best motion picture.

Baron Cohen’s turn as Borat, a bumbling journalist from Kazakhstan, earned the British-born actor a nomination in the best actor category, while his co-star Maria Bakalova, who plays his daughter, was nominated for best actress following her critically-acclaimed breakout performance (and a memorable scene with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani). 

Borat is available now on Amazon Prime Video

Palm Springs

Time-looping romcom Palm Springs picked up two nominations, including for best picture, musical or comedy.  

Andy Samberg notched a best actor nomination in the same category.

The much-anticipated film, directed by Max Barbakow and written by Andy Siara, follows carefree Nyles (Samberg) and reluctant maid of honour Sarah (How I Met Your Mother actress Cristin Milioti) who have a chance encounter at a wedding.  

Things soon get complicated when the pair find themselves stuck in a time vortex, unable to escape the venue, themselves or each other. 

Palm Springs will be released in the UK on Amazon Prime Video in April 

Unorthodox

The hit Netflix drama based on the 2012 memoir by Deborah Feldman of the same name about a young woman leaving her Charedi Orthodox community, has achieved two nominations, including best limited series.

Israeli star Shira Haas, who learnt Yiddish for the role, was nominated for best actress in a limited series. 

The drama revolves around Esty (Haas), who runs away from her arranged marriage and her strictly-Orthodox community in Brooklyn, and moves to Berlin, where she adapts to a secular life. But when husband Yanky (Amit Rahav) discovers she is pregnant, he embarks on a journey to find her.

Unorthodox is available to watch now on Netflix

Schitt’s Creek

The quirky comedy series, created by real-life father and son Eugene and Dan Levy, has garnered five Golden Globe nominations. 

The show is up for best television series – musical or comedy, as well as for Eugene Levy, for best actor; Catherine O’Hara, lead actress; Dan Levy, supporting actor; and Annie Murphy, supporting actress.

Schitt’s Creek revolves around video store magnate Johnny Rose (Eugene) and his grown-up son David (played by Dan), alongside wife and former soap star Moira (O’Hara) and daughter Alexis (Murphy).  

The Roses lose their fortune after being defrauded and are forced to rebuild their lives with their sole asset: a small town named Schitt’s Creek they bought as a joke.

All six series of Schitt’s Creek are available to watch now on Netflix

Hunters

Al Pacino has picked up a nomination for best actor in Amazon Prime Video’s controversial Holocaust drama, Hunters.

Created by David Weil and recently renewed for a second series, Hunters is set in 1970s New York, with Al Pacino starring as Meyer Offerman, the head of a vigilante group that embarks on a bloody quest to assassinate Nazis living in their midst. The starry cast also includes Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton and Josh Radnor. 

Weil explained the series was “a love letter to my grandmother”, having been inspired by the stories told to him by his Holocaust survivor relative, Sarah Weil, although some of the depictions of revenge-seeking Jews did not sit well with Holocaust educators.

The Auschwitz Memorial and Museum called the show “dangerous”, while the head of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute said survivors “sought justice, not revenge”. 

The first series of Hunters is available now on Amazon Prime Video

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