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  • ‘Storm’ drifts off Oscar map, but ‘Mute’s House’ stands its ground

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 21, 2016 | 1:25 pm

    Israel’s hopes for an Oscar in the best foreign-language film category were dashed Dec. 15 when “Sand Storm” failed to make the cut as competing entries from 85 countries were narrowed to nine semifinalists.

    The elimination of “Sand Storm” spelled the end, for now, of a...

  • Will Oscar finally embrace Israel?

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 7, 2016 | 1:47 pm

    Some 85 countries — from Albania to Yemen — have entered a movie selection in pursuit of an Oscar for best foreign-language film. Over the score of years that this annual column has been printed, two questions by concerned Jewish readers persist:

    Will Israel, which has placed 10...

  • Natalie Portman calls her babies ‘good luck charms’ as Oscar speculation swirls

    October 18, 2016 | 4:25 pm

    Actress Natalie Portman said her babies are “good luck charms,” when asked about early Oscar speculation for her latest movie.

    “I think they’re good luck charms in life,” Portman, 35, told Entertainment Tonight in an interview aired Sunday, “They’re the best things. The best main...

  • ‘Son of Saul’ wins Oscar for Foreign Language Film

    By Tom Tugend

    February 29, 2016 | 8:58 am

    Jewish talent received a fair share of recognition and the Holocaust-themed “Son of Saul” beat entries from 80 countries to win the Oscar for best foreign-language film, but overall the Sunday evening Academy Awards show in Hollywood skipped the light touch and Jewish jokes in...

  • The country BDS doesn’t want Oscar winners to see

    February 28, 2016 | 3:50 pm

    Last week, two groups affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement took out a full-page ad in the L.A. Times excoriating the Israeli Government for offering an all-expenses-paid trip to the Holy Land for Oscar nominees. Leveling the false, but oft-repeated...

  • Full-page ad in L.A. Times calls Israel apartheid state; Variety previously rejected it

    February 24, 2016 | 3:51 pm

    On Wednesday morning, Feb. 24, The Los Angeles Times published a full-page ad sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation calling Israel an apartheid state and saying it distracts the public from human rights abuses; the same ad had been...

  • Sid Ganis, former academy president, dishes on the reason to diversify

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 24, 2016 | 1:54 pm

    Sid Ganis is a veteran film producer and longtime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), for which he served four consecutive yearlong terms as president, from 2004-2009. At 76, he has had a long and illustrious career serving as a film executive at...

  • Under the spell of Nina Simone

    February 24, 2016 | 11:41 am

    Her camera has tracked inmates living on a former slave plantation turned prison farm, a Jewish fugitive who married a Nazi, the eccentric chess master Bobby Fischer, mothers with mental impairment and, most recently, chanteuse and civil rights activist Nina Simone. If there is a...

  • Arthur Max’s intelligent design in ‘The Martian’

    February 24, 2016 | 11:26 am

    A few days after receiving the Art Directors Guild award for his work on “The Martian,” production designer Arthur Max ruminated on the seven nominations and two wins he had received from the guild over the course of his 13-film career (his first award, in 2001, was for “Gladiator...

  • Ad accusing Israel of apartheid published in Los Angeles Times

    February 24, 2016 | 11:20 am

    A full-page ad that calls on Oscar nominees to refuse a free Israel trip worth $55,000 offered in their Academy Award swag bags was published in the Los Angeles Times.

    The ad, which says “Don’t endorse Israeli apartheid,” appeared Wednesday in the newspaper’s Calendars section...

  • Russian-Israeli director takes Ukraine revolution to the Oscars

    February 23, 2016 | 10:53 am

    When Evgeny Afineevsky began filming his Oscar-nominated documentary about Ukraine’s revolution, he thought he was in for a fun project full of song and dance, oddly enough.

    Afineevsky, a 43-year-old Russian-born director who served in the Israeli army, says his first days in...

  • Champagne: Perfect for your Oscar successes and failures

    By Ryan E. Smith

    February 23, 2016 | 10:29 am

    Soon, Academy Award winners will be popping open some bubbly and the runners-up will be drowning their sorrows. What Champagne or other sparkling wines should they have on ice while they wait on Oscar? Better yet, what about you? 

    Looking for ideas, the Journal turned to Michael...

  • An inventive bag of tricks

    By Tess Cutler

    February 23, 2016 | 10:01 am

    As couture-adorned A-list celebrities strut down the freshly laid red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards, designer Ashlee Nik will be tuned into the TV coverage and checking Getty Images to see which nominees are sporting her clutches.

    “I won’t know until day of,” she confided...

  • Producer Marc Platt: The man behind “Wicked” and “Bridge of Spies” aspires to great art

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 23, 2016 | 9:34 am

    They say you can’t have it all, but Marc Platt seems to defy the conventional wisdom.

    The Oscar-nominated producer of “Bridge of Spies,” the Cold War-era drama directed by Steven Spielberg, has developed some of the most successful film, theater and television entertainments of...

  • Variety pulls pro-BDS ad accusing Israel of ‘apartheid’

    February 23, 2016 | 8:05 am

    The entertainment magazine Variety refused to publish an advertisement that says “Don’t endorse Israeli apartheid.”

    Jewish Voice for Peace, or JVP, a group that supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, announced Monday that the magazine initially...

  • Shining a “Spotlight” on the sacrilege

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 22, 2016 | 3:31 pm

    “Marty belongs in the pantheon of great Jewish heroes,” Josh Singer, a co-writer of the Oscar-nominated film “Spotlight,” said during a recent interview at a Santa Monica coffeehouse. 

    He was discussing Marty Baron, the real-life newsman at the center of the much-lauded film...

  • #OscarsSoGoyish

    February 22, 2016 | 3:14 pm

    #OscarsSoGoyish is not a hashtag you will see out in the Twitterverse. Even though, like #OscarsSoWhite, it is warranted. African-Americans aren’t the only ones absent from the Academy’s nominations. A quick review of this year’s nominees reveals a glaring lack of Asians, Latinos...

  • “Last Day of Freedom”: Two brothers, one a murderer

    By Tess Cutler

    February 22, 2016 | 2:59 pm

    Twenty-nine minutes past midnight on May 4, 1999, Manny Babbitt’s execution by lethal injection began in San Quentin, Calif. By 12:37 a.m., he was officially pronounced dead.

    This isn’t the beginning of the story, nor is it the end. But when filmmakers Nomi Talisman and Dee...

  • Writers shrug off bad rap over ‘Straight Outta Compton’

    February 22, 2016 | 2:55 pm

    In the fall of 2013, as production was gearing up for the Universal Studios biopic about the 1980s rap group N.W.A, the producers needed a screenwriter to help pare down an existing script. The work also needed to be done quickly for the film, “Straight Outta Compton,” to get the...

  • Exposing the anguish of making ‘Shoah’

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 22, 2016 | 2:50 pm

    Halfway through the 12 years Claude Lanzmann worked on his epic documentary “Shoah,” he decided to take a brief break by taking a swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

    As the Israeli coastline receded from view, his arms became very tired, and he realized he couldn’t make it back. Just...

  • What’s behind the dark charisma of ‘Son of Saul’ star Geza Rohrig?

    February 18, 2016 | 12:51 pm

    When the Hungarian-Jewish poet Geza Rohrig agreed to play the lead role in the Oscar-nominated Holocaust drama “Son of Saul,” he knew he was taking on a daunting challenge.

    With very little acting experience, Rohrig, 48, agreed to portray the complex lead in a shoestring...

  • Israel trips add hasbara to Oscar swag bags

    By  Orit Arfa

    February 17, 2016 | 1:58 pm

    Israel is in the headlines again, but this time for glitz and glamour rather than politics.

    For the first time, the Jewish state is offering free 10-day VIP trips to Israel as one of the gifts in the Oscar “swag bags” given to all Academy Award nominees in the acting and...

  • ‘Spotlight’ on Marty Baron’s crusade

    By Rob Eshman

    February 17, 2016 | 9:24 am

    The Academy Award-nominated drama “Spotlight” tells how a team of Boston Globe journalists uncovered rampant child sexual abuse by priests and the cover-up by the Catholic Church. The clash of institutions is high drama, but the movie’s most powerful human moments come from the...

  • “Spotlight” and the heroic editor of The Boston Globe

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 12, 2016 | 11:07 am

    “Marty belongs in the pantheon of great Jewish heroes,” Josh Singer, a co-writer of the Oscar-nominated film “Spotlight,” said during a recent interview at a Santa Monica coffee house.

    He was discussing the real-life newsman at the center of the much-lauded film about how Boston...

  • ‘Son of Saul’: For Claims Conference, Oscar nominee was a big gamble

    February 2, 2016 | 10:24 am

    Set amid a 1944 prisoner uprising at Auschwitz, “Son of Saul” stood out as a long shot when its producers first applied for funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The film’s director, Laszlo Nemes, had no experience with feature films; its lead actor...

  • ‘Ave Maria’: The Friday night dilemma

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 2, 2016 | 8:22 am

    Filmmaker Basil Khalil has come up with an astute resolution to the Mideast conflict, based on the proposition that Israeli Jews and Palestinians will cooperate if that’s the only way they can get away from each other.

    Khalil, born in Nazareth of a Palestinian father and a...

  • Director casts ‘Room’ in compassionate light

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 28, 2016 | 11:17 am

    Lenny Abrahamson jokes that he is perhaps the third best-known Jew in Ireland. The first is former Israeli President Chaim Herzog, who grew up in Dublin on the same street as Abrahamson’s mother and played with her as a boy; the second is the fictional character of Leopold Bloom in...

  • Hollywood failures: Sean Penn, ‘Billions’ and #OscarsSoWhite

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 20, 2016 | 10:33 am

    The only industry that fared worse last week than Wall Street, with its steadily declining stock market and calls from investors to “sell everything,” was its more glamorous West Coast counterpart in Hollywood. 

    Let’s start with Sean Penn, the actor well-known for getting himself...

  • Key nominations for the 2016 Oscars

    January 14, 2016 | 2:32 pm

    Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards, the highest honors in the movie industry, were announced on Thursday.

    [Noms: Holocaust themes and Jewish talent]

    Following is a list of nominations in key categories for the awards, also known as the Oscars. The winners will be announced...

  • Two Holocaust movies among top Oscar contenders

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 18, 2015 | 1:26 pm

    Two movies on the Holocaust and its aftermath have made the cut to compete for best foreign-language film among entries from 80 countries vying for Oscar honors, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Dec. 17.

    Both entries, “Son of Saul” and “Labyrinth of...

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