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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • Schindler’s List producer presents his Oscar to Yad Vashem memorial

    July 22, 2015 | 9:03 am

    Auschwitz survivor Branko Lustig, one of the producers of "Schindler's List," presented his Academy Award to Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on Wednesday, saying it had found its rightful resting place.

    Lustig, 83 from Croatia, worked with director Steven Spielberg on the...

  • #FilmFriendly view of the #Oscars From Row A on the Red Carpet with United Airlines

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 1, 2015 | 9:41 am

    From Row A on the Red Carpet with United #FilmFriendly Bloggers 2015 the 87th Academy Awards #LosAngeles

    Video: From Row A on the Red Carpet

    Our day started at 10:30am with check-in at security. We had all had criminal background checks in order to be on the list. Maybelline...

  • Design lessons from Oscar-nominated movies

    By Jonathan Fong

    February 18, 2015 | 5:28 pm

    This year’s crop of Oscar contenders is filled with memorable performances, meditations on life and death, nail-biting suspense and, yes, valuable decorating lessons. If you’ve ever sat through a movie and wondered not whether the butler did it, but where the butler bought that...

  • Oscar nominee ‘Ida’ traces void left by Poland’s murdered Jews

    February 18, 2015 | 9:36 am

    For the past few decades, Holocaust films have been common — and often victorious — fare at the Academy Awards.

    But this year, the Polish nominee in the Foreign Language Film category ventures into the less frequently explored territory of the Holocaust’s aftermath.

    “Ida,”...

  • Nazis, suicide and the Jew behind ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 17, 2015 | 2:48 pm

    The Grand Budapest hotel is nestled into a snow-capped mountain dreamscape — a painterly paradise in the former republic of the fictional Zubrowka, which was once, we are told, “the seat of an empire.” It is a world awash in color, crazy characters and an antiquated glamour born of...

  • For ‘Aya,’ a long journey from Israel to the Oscars

    February 17, 2015 | 11:53 am

    The idea for “Aya” began with a daydream: What if you were waiting for someone at the airport and instead you picked up a total stranger? What then?

    That wisp of a fantasy, dreamed up by Mihal Brezis many years ago while waiting with a friend at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, has...

  • Why I don’t want to watch the (white) Oscars this year

    By Ellie Herman

    January 23, 2015 | 3:10 pm

    In my family, the Academy Awards are an annual event celebrated with the kind of specific rituals more often associated with major cultural events: the days of predictions beforehand; the festive spread of Fritos, onion dip and enough nosherei to feed a small army; the red-carpet...

  • And the 2015 Jewish Academy Award nominees are…

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 15, 2015 | 10:18 am

    “The Grand Budapest Hotel” topped the field with nine Oscar nominations — in a tie with “Birdman” — as Hollywood unveiled the list of official Academy Award contenders on the morning of Jan. 15.

    Tribesmen looking for the Jewish angle noted that “Budapest Hotel” was inspired by...

  • Top five Jewish moments from the 2014 Oscars

    March 3, 2014 | 12:09 pm

    The high ratio of Members of the Tribe in Hollywood makes the Academy Awards sort of an inherently Jew-y event. That said, from Holocaust survivors to Semitic songstresses, there were segments from Sunday night’s ceremony that certainly can be counted as overtly Jew-y. Five, to be...

  • Brad Pitt the big winner on Oscar night

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 3, 2014 | 11:22 am

    “12 Years A Slave” won the Oscar for best picture, a resonant choice for a ceremony that feels more and more oppressive each year.

    Host Ellen DeGeneres did her daytime best to keep things “light,” after last year’s host Seth MacFarlane offended almost every gender, ethnicity,...

  • AIPAC vs. Oscars

    February 28, 2014 | 9:57 am

    Anti-Semites say that Jews control Hollywood. And they say that Jews control Washington. But can we control both at once?

    The biggest event in pro-Israel Israel advocacy — the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference — kicks off this Sunday, the same...

  • Oscars Ballot 2014

    February 19, 2014 | 5:18 pm

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    *This ballot is closed as of March 2 at 5:30 pm.

    For official rules...

  • ‘Omar’ in line for foreign language Oscar

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 19, 2014 | 11:35 am

    For cinema fans interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this is a banner year, with Oscar submissions from both sides focused on the Israeli occupation.

    Israel’s “Bethlehem,” which pits Shin Bet agents against diverse Palestinian factions eager to blow up the Jewish...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 1, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    Footnote is a 2011 Israeli drama film written and directed by Joseph Cedar, starring Shlomo Bar'aba and Lior Ashkenazi. It tells the story of father and son, both Professors studying and teaching Talmud and Judaism, and their complicated relationship. The son is extremely popular...

  • Will Ellen Degeneres top her best ever Jewish joke as host of the next Oscars?

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 2, 2013 | 11:42 am

    New York Magazine's Vulture has limned a list of reasons why Ellen Degeneres is a stable, safe choice for next year's Oscar host. Since last year's pick, "Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane proved too edgy for the staid Academy, they may be seeking something more traditional with...

  • The “After-Oscar” Redemption Wrap Up

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 1, 2013 | 9:43 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Much has even said/written about Seth MacFarlane and his taste(?) in jokes. While it is easy to blame the host, the producers had the last word, so the anti-Semitic Ted and the tasteless way of making fun of others (there were no shanty Irish jokes were...

  • 7 Comments on a Jewish Habitat Called Hollywood

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 28, 2013 | 8:00 am

    1.

    Coming late to this round of responses to Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar night Jewish (or anti-Jewish) jokes makes life so much easier. Of course, I didn’t join late because I knew it would make my life easier, but rather because I thought – and this was an obvious mistake– that...

  • This week in power: Oscars, Hagel, Bennett comments, Hikind

    By Danny Groner

    February 28, 2013 | 2:58 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    MacFarlane's misfires
    Seth MacFarlane may not have been the best host the Academy Awards ever had, but, boy, was he a controversial one. On Sunday night, the "Family Guy" creator took...

  • Comedy is good for the Jews

    By David Suissa

    February 26, 2013 | 5:15 pm

    Are you one of those Jews who got offended by Seth MacFarlane's "Jews control Hollywood" shtick at the Academy Awards last Sunday night? And do you agree with Anti-Defamation League (ADL) leader Abe Foxman's statement that MacFarlane's attempt at humor was "sad and disheartening"...

  • Judaism’s Big Moment at the Oscars

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    February 26, 2013 | 9:36 am

    Most of the winners were expected, and the speeches weren’t groundbreaking or over-the-top, especially since some of the lesser-known winners had their thank-yous unceremoniously cut off by the main theme from Jaws. Tributes to the James Bond franchise and recent musicals dominated...

  • Oscar’s big Jewish joke

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 25, 2013 | 4:58 pm

    In what seems like an annual compulsion, the writers of The Oscars telecast routinely include jokes about Jews to remind everybody in the industry -- and everybody watching – that Jews indeed “rule” in Hollywood (whatever that imprecise measure of power means).

    But for some in...

  • Seth MacFarlane: Not an anti-Semite

    By Rob Eshman

    February 25, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    No one sends out press releases to announce that something is not anti-semitic. 

    That’s why this morning’s media is full of reports that host Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar performance last night was just shy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s U.N. speech. 

    The Anti-Defamation League was first...

  • Academy Awards — not the greatest night for the Tribe

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 25, 2013 | 1:58 am

    Sunday evening’s Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t all that great for the Jewish and Israeli film talent present, but it could have been worse.

    “Lincoln,” the early frontrunner in the Oscar race avoided a near total shutout with a best actor trophy for Daniel Day-Lewis in the title...

  • Michael Moore intervenes to help Palestinian filmmaker attend Academy Awards

    February 20, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Director and activist Michael Moore intervened to help Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat enter the United States to attend the Academy Awards ceremony.

    Burnat, co-director of the film "5 Broken Cameras," which is nominated for best documentary, was detained early Wednesday...

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