Jews Win Big At 2016 Oscars

Jewish filmmakers (and stars!) took home trophies at this year's Academy Awards.

02/29/2016 - 11:40
Editorial Intern

The Oscars this year had its ups and downs, from the ecstasy of Leonardo DiCaprio winning his first Oscar (and subsequently breaking the internet) to more serious discussions of race and representation in the entertainment industry and sexual violence on college campuses.

Director László Nemes holds the Oscar awarded to "Son of Saul" for Best Foreign Language Film. Getty Images

Oscars Red Carpet Preview: Modesty Is The New Sexy

01/25/2016 - 10:58

Pity Jennifer Lopez. As far as memorable red carpet moments go, she set such a high bar at the 2000 Grammys with her now-legendary plunging green Versace dress that she seemed destined to never top it.

Cate Blanchett at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jan. 10, 2016. JTA

Two Holocaust-Themed Films Make The Oscar Cut

12/21/2015 - 12:41

Los Angeles — Two films about the Holocaust and its aftermath have made the cut to compete for best foreign-language film. They were selected from among entries from 80 countries vying for Oscar honors, according to an announcement Thursday evening by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Alexander Fehling in the German film “Labyrinth of Lies,” Germany’s entry to the 2016 Academy Awards. JTA

Natalie Portman Set To Star As Ruth Bader Ginsberg In Upcoming Biopic

The Oscar winning actress will portray the Supreme Court Justice in a film about her life and career.

05/10/2015 - 20:00
Web Editor

As if we didn’t have enough kvell-worthy Natalie Portman news this week, we just got another round to keep us fangirling. Hollywood sources report that Portman will star as United States Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (yes!) in “On the Basis of Sex," a biopic about the life and career of the first Jewish female justice.

Natalie Portman poses for photographers on the red carpet in Germany, February 2015. Getty Images.

Why Doesn't Natalie Portman Display Her Oscar?

In a recent interview, the Israeli-born actress sounds off on filming in Israel, Bibi, anti-semitism and Alan Dershowitz.

05/06/2015 - 20:00
Web Editor

If the Harvard degree on her wall, brilliant kop and incredible acting abilities wasn’t enough, Natalie Portman just gave bubbes everywhere another 100 reasons to love her. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter she opened up about her deep connection to Israel, her debut film, and why she doesn’t put her Oscar on display.

Natalie Portman on the set of her new film, 'A Tale Of Love And Darkness', in Jerusalem last year. Getty Images

Was Joan Rivers Snubbed At the Oscars?

The late star was notably missing from the 'In Memoriam" segment last night.

02/22/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

One person was notably absent from the “In Memoriam” segment at the Oscars last night: Joan Rivers.

Joan Rivers. Wikipedia Commons.

The Improbable Route To An Oscar Nod

02/10/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Pawel Pawlikowski, the Polish-born filmmaker with Catholic and Jewish roots, said a conversation with a journalist friend a decade ago sparked an idea that grew into an Oscar-contending movie. His friend told him about Father Romuald Waszkinel, a Polish priest who discovers as an adult that he is really a Jew whose doomed parents had given him to a childless Polish Catholic couple.

“Ida” director Pawel Pawlikowski: Series of coincidences led to powerful film.  Michael Datikash/JW

‘Ida’ Makes Oscars Shortlist

12/21/2014 - 19:00

Los Angeles – A Polish movie about a Catholic nun who learns she is the daughter of Jews killed during the Holocaust made the Oscar Award shortlist for best foreign-language film.

Oldest Holocaust Survivor Dies At 110

02/23/2014 - 19:00

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

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