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GOLD RUSH: Actor Michael Stuhlbarg didn’t expect to be nominated on Tuesday for his first Golden Globe for best actor in the musical or comedy category. In fact, he scarcely expected to be a part of the movie that got him there at all — “A Serious Man,” from Joel and Ethan Coen. “I auditioned for a very small part in the movie, for a Yiddish-speaking character. But they ended up finding fluent Yiddish speakers for those roles,” explained Stuhlbarg at a luncheon Thursday hosted in his honor by actor pals Philip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Michael Shannon and Tim Blake Nelson at The Monkey Bar. (The celebration didn’t halt the power lunching going on all around: in the center table was Wendi Murdoch, while owner Graydon Carter sat in a corner booth).
Instead, Stuhlbarg was tapped to play protagonist Larry Gopnick.
“Just the fact that I’m here is amazing. The rest is gravy,” he said, as he greeted old friend and co-host Kristin Johnson.
“[The recognition] is well-deserved and long overdue,” attested Hoffman, who just finished directing a film, “Jack Goes Boating,” in which he also acts alongside Amy Ryan and Daphne Rubin-Vega.
Meanwhile, Stuhlbarg is hardly resting on his laurels: he’s working on Martin Scorsese’s upcoming HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” about the rise of Atlantic City with Shannon, Steve Buscemi and Gretchen Mol, which will hit small screens in 2010.