When you settle in to cheer and jeer at the Golden Globes this weekend, you might want to root extra hard for some Jersey natives.

There are at least five contenders with Garden State ties who could be clutching trophies on Sunday night:


NJ native/Director Tom McCarthy could win for "Spotlight" (Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images Entertainment)

Director Tom McCarthy could be a big winner for his acclaimed film, "Spotlight."  The Union County native was born and raised in New Providence.


NJ native Judith Light, taken December 2015 (Grant Lamos IV, Getty Images Entertainment)

Whether you realized it back when she was Angela on "Who's the Boss," Judith Light was born in Trenton and went to school in Burlington.

Among several nods for Amazon's "Transparent," Judith Light is up for Supporting Actress for her role in the hit series.


Jersey Girls Queen Latifah and Kirsten Dunst are battling for Best Actress in a limited series/TV movie, for “Bessie” and “Fargo” respectively.

Jersey ‘royalty’, Queen Latifah on the red carpet (Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images Entertainment)

Dana Owens became “Latifah” as a kid in East Orange.

Dunst was born in Point Pleasant and lived at the Shore through the fifth grade before looking to "clean up" in Hollywood.


Rumson native Charlie Puth rides "Furious 7" song success to the Golden Globes (Youtube)

Rumson native Charlie Puth has been enjoying a wave of success with rapper Wiz Khalifa.  Their hit "See You Again" from Furious 7 is up for best Original song.

So, there's a good dose of "Jersey" headed for the Beverly Hilton Hotel this weekend.  The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards are happening on Sunday night, with host Ricky Gervais on NBC.

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