Bay Area na­tive up for Golden Globe.

The Mercury News Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Chuck Bar­ney cbar­[email protected] ba­yare­anews­group.com

East Bay na­tive Ma­her­shala Ali woke up Thurs­day morn­ing to the news that he had re­ceived the Golden Globe stamp of ap­proval.

Ali, al­ready an Academy Award win­ner, was among the nom­i­nees for best sup­port­ing ac­tor in a mo­tion pic­ture. He was honored for his per­for­mance in “Green Book” as world-renowned pi­anist Dr. Don Shirley.

Ali, who was born in Oak­land, raised in Hay­ward and stud­ied act­ing at Saint Mary’s Col­lege in Mor­aga, was among the 2018 Golden Globe nom­i­nees with Bay Area con­nec­tions.

Oth­ers in­cluded Sam Rock­well, a Daly City na­tive who was raised in San Fran­cisco, where he at­tended the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. Rock­well will be pit­ted against Ali in the best sup­port­ing ac­tor cat­e­gory af­ter be­ing rec­og­nized for his per­for­mance as Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush in the film “Vice.”

Both Ali and Rock­well have sup­port­ing ac­tor Os­cars on their re­sumes, Ali for his work in “Moon­light” (2017) and Rock­well for his per­for­mance in “Three Bill­boards Out­side Eb­bing, Mis­souri” (2018).

On the tele­vi­sion side, San Fran­cisco na­tive Dar- ren Criss was nom­i­nated as best ac­tor in a lim­ited series or TV movie. He was honored for his un­nerv­ing turn as the cold­blooded killer in FX’s “The As­sas­si­na­tion of Gianni Ver­sace: Amer­i­can Crime Story.” Criss, 31, has al­ready earned an Emmy Award for the per­for­mance and would be the youngest win­ner in the Golden Globe cat­e­gory should he pre­vail in Jan­uary.

In ad­di­tion, “In­cred­i­bles 2,” pro­duced by Emeryville’s Pixar Stu­dios, was among the Golden Globe nom­i­nees for best an­i­mated fea­ture film. Pixar ruled the cat­e­gory last year, win­ning for “Coco.”

Among the Bay Area snubs, Oak­land’s Ryan Coogler failed to crack the list of nom­i­nees for best fea­ture film di­rec­tor. But he can take pride in the fact that his ground­break­ing block­buster, “Black Pan­ther,” was nom­i­nated for out­stand­ing mo­tion pic­ture drama.

An­other Oak­land-born di­rec­tor, Cary Joji Fuku­naga, failed to see his Net­flix saga, “Ma­niac,” earn recog­ni­tion.

Still, at least one other Bay Area na­tive will be put­ting his stamp on the Golden Globe cer­e­mony. Berke­ley-born Andy Sam­berg will co-host the Jan. 6 NBC tele­cast with San­dra Oh. Sam­berg won a Golden Globe in 2014 for his per­for­mance in the sit­com “Brook­lyn Nine-Nine.”

VA­LERIE MACON — AFP/GETTY IM­AGES

Ma­her­shala Ali re­ceived a Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion Thurs­day for his per­for­mance in “Green Book.”

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