Israeli actress Shira Haas misses out on Golden Globe for ‘Unorthodox’ role

Star says she’s grateful for the ‘unbelievable honor’ of nomination for best actress in a limited series; Gal Gadot presents for best foreign language movie

Shira Haas in Netflix's 'Unorthodox.' (Anika Molnar/Netflix)
Shira Haas in Netflix's 'Unorthodox.' (Anika Molnar/Netflix)

Israeli actress Shira Haas missed out on a Golden Globe award during the live-streamed event Sunday, after she was nominated for her role in the Netflix series “Unorthodox.”

The prize was instead awarded to Anya Taylor-Joy for her role in Netflix’s chess drama “The Queen’s Gambit.”

Haas was nominated for best actress in a limited series, anthology series, or motion picture made for television, the Golden Globes announced last month.

She was the first Israeli ever to be nominated for a best actress Golden Globe.

“What a magical night,” Haas wrote on her Instagram. “Thank you for the unbelievable honor of being nominated alongside these incredible women.”

Haas, 25, whose breakout role in “Shtisel” also saw her play an ultra-Orthodox character, has previously been recognized for her work, picking up an Ophir Award — the Israeli equivalent of the Academy Awards — for her supporting role in “Noble Savage” in 2018.

While not nominated for any movies, Israeli actress Gal Gadot presented the foreign language motion picture award to the American drama “Minari.”

Meanwhile, Jewish actor Sacha Baron-Cohen’s wild portrayal of the journalist Borat earned two Golden Globes — for best comedy movie and best comedy movie actor.

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” had also been nominated in the category of best motion picture, musical, or comedy.

Sacha Baron Cohen in the trailer to the Borat sequel. The trailer was released by Amazon on October 1, 2020. (Screenshot/YouTube)

He also was nominated for another statuette for his work in a more serious role, as US political activist Abbie Hoffman in “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

The Globes are typically the first major show of Hollywood’s awards season, which ends with the crowning of the best picture winner at the Oscars.

In a production nightmare but one that’s become familiar during the pandemic, the night’s first winner accepted his award while muted.

Only after presenter Laura Dern apologized for the technical difficulties did Daniel Kaluuya, who won best supporting actor for his performance as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah,” get his speech in.

When he finally came through, he wagged his finger at the camera and said, “You’re doing me dirty!”

COVID-19 circumstances led to some other award-show anomalies.

Mark Ruffalo, appearing remotely, won best actor in a limited series for “I Know This Much Is True” with his kids celebrating behind him and his wife, Sunrise Coigney, sitting alongside.

The Academy Awards will be held on April 25.

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