Was Joan Rivers Snubbed At the Oscars?

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

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

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The Improbable Route To An Oscar Nod

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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

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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

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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.

Hoping Israel’s Oscar-Nominated Film Loses

I’m not rooting for “The Gatekeepers” to win the Academy Award Sunday night for Best Documentary.

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.

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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

Hollywood's Gil Cates Dies At 77



Gilbert (“Gil”) Cates, a multifaceted theater, film and television producer and director, as well as a university dean, has died.

Cates, 77, collapsed late Monday afternoon on a parking lot at the University of California, Los Angeles and an emergency ambulance crew was unable to revive him. According to UCLA sources, he had undergone heart surgery earlier this month.

Foreigners But Not Strangers

Film about unique south Tel Aviv school garners Oscar nomination.

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To read the Israeli papers is to see a steady stream of stories bemoaning the country's public education system, especially those citing Israeli students' low test scores in science and math.

But American filmmakers Kirk Simon and Karen Goodman found a unique south Tel Aviv school that is doing all the right things with a dizzyingly diverse student body. Their documentary about the Bialik-Rogozin school, "Strangers No More," was just nominated for an Oscar in the documentary short category.

The Bialik-Rogozin school in S. Tel Aviv teaches a dizzyingly diverse group of youngsters, many the children of foreign workers

Jewish Film Contenders Garner Oscar Nominations


LOS ANGELES (JTA) -- With “The King’s Speech” garnering 12 nods, royalty led the Oscar nomination parade, but Jewish contenders had their shining moments.

Three of the Best Picture nominations for Academy Awards had Jewish producers: Scott Rudin for “The Social Network”; Ethan and Joel Coen for "True Grit"; and Mike Medavoy for “The Black Swan.”

Jesse Eisenberg was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in “Social Network,” which received eight nominations.

Israeli Film Fails to Reach Oscar Semis


LOS ANGELES (JTA) -- Israel’s three-year streak of reaching the list of five finalists in the Oscar race for best foreign language film has ended.

This year’s Israeli contender, “The Human Resources Manager,” was not on the list Wednesday when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its shortlist of nine semifinalists.

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