Jodie Foster in 'The Mauritanian,' Co-Written by Alumni, Wins 2021 Golden Globe
BY Cody Daniel Beltis, March 4, 2021
The winners of the Golden Globe Awards 2021 were announced on Sunday, and Jodie Foster won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for The Mauritanian.
Alumni Rory Haines ’11 and Sohrab Noshirvani ’12 co-wrote the film The Mauritanian, about a defense attorney [Foster], her associate [Shailene Woodley] and a military prosecutor who uncover a far-reaching conspiracy while investigating the case of a suspected 9/11 terrorist, Mohamedou Ould Salahi [Rahim], who was imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for six years. The film is based on Salahi’s memoir, Guantánamo Diary.
The fim is now playing in theaters, and will screen at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival.
Original Article: 2/10/21
Four alumni projects are nominated in the 2021 Golden Globe Awards. They are The Mauritanian, The Mandalorian, Unorthodox, and Mrs. America.
Alumni Rory Haines ’11 and Sohrab Noshirvani ’12 co-wrote the film The Mauritanian. The Mauritanian is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for Tahar Rahim’s performance, and Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Jodie Foster’s performance.
The Mauritanian is about a defense attorney [Foster], her associate [Shailene Woodley] and a military prosecutor who uncover a far-reaching conspiracy while investigating the case of a suspected 9/11 terrorist, Mohamedou Ould Salahi [Rahim], who was imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for six years. The film is based on Salahi’s memoir, Guantánamo Diary.
Born in the United Kingdom, Haines is an award-winning screenwriter. Noshirvani is also an award-winning screenwriter. He is a first generation Iranian-American, who writes from his experience of being raised Muslim.
Haines and Noshivarni met in the Columbia Film program in 2012. They previously worked together on Informer (2018), and also co-wrote the upcoming action, science-fiction film in pre-production Black Adam, a spin-off from Shazam! centering on the film's anti-hero, Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson. Haines was named on the Young and Hungry List as one of the most exciting young screenwriters in Hollywood.
Alumna Deborah Chow ’03 directed two episodes of the first season of the series, The Mandalorian. The Mandalorian’s second season is nominated for Best Television Series, Drama. The Disney+ series is an American space-western about a lone gunfighter who makes his way through the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic. Chow is the first woman to direct a live-action installment in the Star Wars franchise.
Deborah Chow is a Canadian director and screenwriter. Her short film, Daypass, won the Best Actor Award at the Milano Film Festival and the Best Short at the Turin Film Festival. The feature-length screenplay version of the film won the Comedy Central Award for Best Comedy Screenplay. Chow’s recent directorial works include the TV movie adaption of Flowers in the Attic and episodes of the BBC series Copper, CW programs Reign and Beauty and the Beast, the CBC show Murdoch Mysteries, the USA Network series Mr. Robot, Fear the Walking Dead and the Netflix series, Marvel’s Iron Fist.
Unorthodox, created by undergraduate alumna Anna Winger ’93, is nominated for Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Shra Haas’ performance.
Unorthodox is a Netflix Original show that has previously won an Emmy for Best Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special at the 72nd Emmy Awards. The show received a total of eight Emmy nominations, including the Outstanding Limited Series category as well as the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series and the Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series categories.
Unorthodox follows a young woman brought up in an ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn's Williamsburg district, who strikes out for Berlin, leaving behind an arranged marriage and tight-knit faith community in part to pursue her goal of discovering her path.
Anna Winger was raised by anthropologists in Massachusetts and in Mexico. Her first novel, This Must Be the Place, is published by Riverhead Books (Penguin). Her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, among other publications. She is also a photographer and the creator of The Berlin Stories, a radio series for NPR Worldwide. She lives in Berlin with her family.
Mrs. America, shot by cinematographer Chris Teague ’06, Executive Produced by Anna Boden (CC '02)(who also directed four episodes), was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Cate Blanchett’s performance.
Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, aka "the sweetheart of the silent majority." Through the eyes of the women of the era—both Schlafly and second-wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus—the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the '70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted the political landscape.
Chris Teague is a cinematographer based in New York who has worked on six feature films that premiered at Sundance. Those titles include Obvious Child, People Places Things, Appropriate Behavior, and Bob and The Trees, which also won the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. He recently shot the TV series Shrink for the online platform Seeso, and is currently shooting Season 4 of Broad City.
The full list of 2021 Golden Globe nominees can be found here.
The 78th Golden Globes will take place on February 28th, 2021 from 8–11 pm EST on NBC. The event will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, returning for the fourth time, after hosting in 2013, 2014, and 2015.