Academy Awards

Philomena’s Jewish Moment

"Philomena" may be the come-from-behind winner in Sunday night’s Academy Awards presentations. The outstanding film –based on a true story -- about an Irish Catholic woman searching for the son she was forced to give up as a teenager when she was sent to a convent has been nominated for four Oscars, including Best Film.

Judy Dench  and Steve Coogan in “Philomena.” Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Oldest Holocaust Survivor Dies At 110

02/24/2014
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Alice Herz-Sommer, the 110-year-old Holocaust survivor and concert pianist whose life was the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, has died.

Words As Weapons

The complex ‘Footnote,’ about Torah scholars, takes Joseph Cedar to another kind of battlefield: that of academic infighting and father-son resentment.

03/06/2012
Special to Jewish Week

Judaism is unique among the Abrahamic faith traditions in giving pride of place to the study of sacred texts, even within the liturgy. The traditional morning service includes both the blessing for study of Torah and passages from the Talmud relating to the sacrifices offered in the Temple a couple of millennia ago.

Lior Ashkenazi as Uriel Shkolnik and Shlomo Bar Aba as Eliezer Shkolnik, the father-son Torah scholars in “Footnote.” Ren Mendel

Win Some, Lose Some At Oscars

02/28/2012

Jewish director Michel Hazanavicius won top honors at the Oscars for “The Artist,” while Israel’s entry in the awards, “Footnote” by Joseph Cedar, lost to an Iranian film.

“The Artist,” a black-and-white homage to Hollywood’s silent film era, won five Oscars — for best picture, director, actor, costume design and original musical score — at the ceremony Sunday.

A scene from “Footnote,” Israel’s entry in this year’s foreign-language film competition.

Academy Awards Threatens To Ban Sacha Baron Cohen

02/23/2012

(JTA) -- Actor Sacha Baron Cohen will be banned from the Academy Awards if he arrives at the Red Carpet dressed as The Dictator, a character from his upcoming film.

Paramount's awards staff said Baron Cohen would not receive his tickets to the Oscars unless he assures the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences ahead of time that he will not arrive in costume and not promote his movie on the Red Carpet, Deadline Hollywood reported.

The Oscars and Me: On "Pina" and Other Hopefuls

From a Jewish point of view, the Oscar nominees announced this week gave a lot to be excited about.  There was Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar’s nomination for best foreign film, with “Footnote,” about an intellectual feud between father and son, both Talmudic scholars.  There was “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel about 9/11.  And there was “In Darkness,” another nomination for best

Israel’s “Footnote” Gets Oscar Nod

01/24/2012

(JTA) -- “Footnote,” Israel’s Oscar entry for best foreign-language film, was nominated for an Academy Award.

The nominations were released Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“Footnote,” directed and written by Joseph Cedar, centers on the rivalry between a father and son, both famous Talmudic scholars in Jerusalem.

Portman, Seidler Win Oscar Gold

03/01/2011

Among the top winners at Sunday’s Academy Awards, Israel-born Natalie Portman, beaming and proudly pregnant, walked off with the best-actress trophy for her portrayal of a tortured ballerina in “Black Swan.”

“The King’s Speech” was named best picture, and Emile Sherman, scion of a prominent Australian Jewish family, accepted as one of the three producers.

Jewish Talent Shines at 2011 Academy Awards

02/28/2011

LOS ANGELES (JTA) -- A minyan of Jewish talent garnered coveted Oscar statuettes during the 2011 Academy Award ceremony.

In the opening montage of the Academy Award ceremony Sunday night, hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway played with a dreidel, which proved to be an omen that a good night awaited Jewish talent.

Israel-born Natalie Portman, beaming and proudly pregnant, walked off with the best actress trophy for her portrayal of a tortured ballerina in “Black Swan.”

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