The Palestinian film ‘Omar,” directed by Hany Abu-Assad, has just been nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign Language Film category. It’s the second nomination for Abu-Assad, whose “Paradise Now” was up for the prize in 2005. It’s also the second time a Palestinian film has been nominated, according to Haaretz. “Omar,” shot in… More ▸
Israel is out and Palestine is still in the Oscar race, following the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announcement of nine semi-finalists in the best foreign-language film category. More ▸
By Jana Banin
At 109, Alice Herz-Sommer is the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, the world’s oldest pianist and the second-oldest person living in England. She’s also the subject of the documentary “The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” now up for a possible Academy Award nomination. Of 40 candidates, it was one of eight to make… More ▸
By Peter Dreier
Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony featured a not very subtle onslaught of sexist, racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic “jokes,” crossing the invisible line between satire and bigotry, writes a Los Angeles academic and author. More ▸
Some of us chuckled– giggled at most– to Seth Macfarlane’s sexist, racist jokes at the Oscars last night, but the anti-Defamation League’s Abe Foxman certainly did not. The organization sent out a press release this morning calling Macfarlane’s Ted bit “offensive and not remotely funny,” referring to the part where the teddy bear from the 2012 film, “Ted” came… More ▸
By Uri Fintzy
by Uri Fintzy
Hollywood came together last night to pat itself on the back for the 85th time, and although the Jewish king of film, Steven Spielberg, failed to bring yet another trophy after “Lincoln” lost to “Argo,” and Israel was once again on the losing spot (though not to Iran like last year, if you want to look on the bright side), we were able to find ten Jewish moments even without Billy Crystal hosting.
Here are the top ten Jewisn moments from last night’s Oscars:
10. William Shatner appeared as a grumpy Captain Kirk for the opening bit.
For fans of Seth MacFarlane, the show’s host, the cameo of Shatner as his memorable “Star Trek” character did not come as a surprise, as MacFarlane is known as an avid “Trekkie.” The best thing about his appearance was his constant criticism of the host, which led to the the wonderful sock puppet rendition of the film “Flight.”
Oscars 2013 – Opening Number With Seth… by IdolxMuzic
9. Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon Levitt danced together
The two young Jewish heartthrobs danced together with MacFarlane in a tribute to the film “High Hopes,” and later took this adorable backstage photo.
Apparently the two can dance, and apparently Radcliffe, who was known to be a short guy, is like really really short. And speaking of short people: More ▸
By Tom Tugend
Two Israeli documentaries in contention for the Oscar for best documentary failed to bring Israel its first coveted golden statue. More ▸
There’s a lot of pressure being put on Barbra Streisand, whose performing for the first time in 36 years this Sunday at the Oscars (7:00, EST, which gives you just enough time to sober up from the Purim festivities), and to deal with that pressure, Babs is altering her eating routines. Stylists told the Hollywood Reporter Streisand is… More ▸
By Marcy Oster
Director and activist Michael Moore intervened to help Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat enter the United States to attend the Academy Awards ceremony. More ▸
Hello Dolly! Barbra Streisand will perform at this year’s Academy Awards, Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron revealed in a news release today. “In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?” the producers wrote in the statement. “We are honored that she has agreed… More ▸