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
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 ▸
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 ▸
What’s the best way to handle Oscars season? Drinking. Lots of drinking, according to Jewish actor Dustin Hoffman. “It’s not me, it’s the Patrón,” he told Bon Appétit Magazine about his ability to rock the red carpet. “I can’t eat before the ceremony, but I drink, to steady my nerves. I become very friendly, particularly with reporters… 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 ▸
Two Israeli films, “5 Broken Cameras” and “The Gatekeepers,” are among the five movies nominated for best documentary for the Academy Awards. More ▸
The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards ceremony were announced earlier today. Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” ieads the nominations with 12, including best film and best director. On the Israeli side, despite not being nominated for the best foreign film (which is most likely to go to the Austrian film “Amour”), two Israeli documentary films are nominated for the Best… More ▸
It wasn’t the funniest Academy Awards show. It wasn’t the most surprising Academy Awards show. It was definitely not the most interesting Academy Awards show. But watching the Academy Awards is kind of like going to see that great aunt you only see once a year — it can be long, boring, even funny at times. But eventually, while you are glad to get it over with, you’re also glad you went.
Except for a handful of moments, nothing exceptional went down last night. And despite the fact that the Israeli entry lost to the Iranians, it was a pretty good show.
After the jump, highlights of the show from a Jewish perspective (or in other words, from a general perspective): More ▸
Jewish director Michel Hazanavicius won top honors at the Oscars for “The Artist,” while Israel’s entry in the awards, “Footnote” by Joseph Cedar, lost to an Iranian film. More ▸