‘Ajami’ passed over by Academy, ‘Jew Hunter’ wins best supporting actor.
Los Angeles — Israel’s half-century jinx at the Oscars continued and three Jewish-themed films were passed over, but “The Jew Hunter” took home an award.
The Israeli entry “Ajami,” a gritty film about the Jewish-Arab tensions in the mixed quarter of Jaffa, lost out Sunday for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards to Argentina’s entry, “The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos),” directed by Juan José Campanell.
The Jews, we well know, run Hollywood. But even the most unreconstructed anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist probably would never had anticipated a year like this at Sunday’s Academy Awards: three Jewish-themed films (“Inglorious Basterds,” “A Serious Man” and “An Education”) vying for the Best Picture nod and an Israeli contender (“Ajami”) up for Best Foreign Language Film.