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