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Third Time No Charm For Israel On Oscar Night

‘Ajami’ passed over by Academy, ‘Jew Hunter’ wins best supporting actor.

03/11/2010

 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.

Christoph Waltz took home best supporting actor honors for his role as Nazi Hans Landa in “Inglourious Basterds.”

The Jewish Oscar

03/05/2010

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.

The Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man” is one of three Jewish-themed films vying for Best Picture this Sunday.

Abe Foxman’s Oscar Pick

In an op-ed distributed by the Anti-Defamation League this week, the group’s national director, Abraham Foxman makes the case for “Inglourious Basterds” to win the Best Picture Oscar.

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