The Golden Globe Awards, a mix of TV, movies and fun, takes place tonight. And the Bay Area will be well-represented.
If Oakland’s own Tom Hanks is in a movie, he’s likely at the awards shows as well. That’ll be the case this year with his nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his role as newspaper heavy-hitter Ben Bradlee in “The Post.”
Meanwhile, in the Best Actress category, Sacramento is showing off its native child Jessica Chastain, who is up for her gritty portrayal in “Molly’s Game.” But, the Bay Area can also claim Chastain as their own since she developed early acting chops at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.
Speaking of Silicon Valley, James Franco, the Palo Alto kid who started performing on the stage at Palo Alto High School is recognized this year in multiple categories. He earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his lead role in “The Disaster Artist,” a film he also produced and directed. The film is also nominated for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.
Franco is still seen down at Palo Alto High School, known locally as “Paly,” now and again. In the last few years he’s painted around the campus as well taught some film classes.
Daly City gets a nod with a supporting actor nomination going to their own Sam Rockwell for his role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
Never rule Emeryville’s Pixar out. They pulled in a nomination for Best Animated Film with their last feature “Coco.” The movie earned another nomination with the song “Remember Me,” which just happened to be performed by San Francisco native Benjamin Bratt.
When it comes to TV, Stanford’s alum Issa Rae ’07 is nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her show “Insecure.” Fellow alum Sterling K. Brown ‘98, from “This is Us,” is nominated for Best Actor in a Drama. He will be up against another San Francisco native – Liev Schreiber for his role as Ray Donovan in the show of the same name.
And think how much other talent from the Bay Area has made an impact on the films of 2017. Not bad.