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  • Israeli film fails to reach Oscar semis

    January 20, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Israel’s three-year streak of reaching the list of five finalists in the Oscar race for best foreign language film has ended.

    This year’s Israeli contender, “The Human Resources Manager,” was not on the list Wednesday when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences...

  • Holocaust era ignored by 2011 Oscar contenders

    By Tom Tugend

    January 5, 2011 | 10:08 am

    In the half century that this reporter has been writing about Hollywood, the Oscars and domestic and foreign films, not a year has gone by without prominent movies and documentaries focusing on the Holocaust, the Nazi era or World War II.

    And with each roundup, critics have...

  • Why did “Waltz” lose?

    By Tom Tugend

    February 25, 2009 | 6:28 pm

    Why did Israel’s “Waltz With Bashir,” the presumed frontrunner in the Oscar race for best foreign-language film, lose out to the Japanese film “Departures”?

    Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan has one theory.

    “Given all that pre-Oscar prognostication, the awards themselves...

  • OSCAR RECAP: How Did the Jews Do?

    By Tom Tugend

    February 23, 2009 | 3:02 pm

    This was the year Israel was finally going to win an Oscar for best foreign-language film, after coming close in seven previous nominations.

    After all, Ari Folman’s “Waltz with Bashir” had been named by the National Society of [American] Film Critics as the best overall...

  • Israel at the Oscars, Rove at AJU, Matisyahu at Jewlicious 4.0

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Matisyahu Keeps Us Guessing

    If Matisyahu once seemed spiritually self-contained, embodying a rigid religious observance, he is quickly shedding that image. This past weekend at Jewlicious 4.0 Matisyahu announced the need to "return to myself a little bit," according to a report from...

  • Beaufort cast fly from Israel to L.A. for Oscars

    February 21, 2008 | 9:39 pm

    Oshri Cohen, the star of Beaufort, is caught off guard by me, Orit, the relentless paparazza, as he leaves for LA to attend the Oscars


  • Orit in Israel: I was an instant Israeli paparazza

    By JewishJournal.com

    February 21, 2008 | 2:14 pm

    I became a member of the Israeli paparazzi for a night.

    I didn’t mean to, but I was at the Ben Gurion airport, waiting for my mother to be dropped off by relatives in Tel Aviv, so that I could see her off back to LA. I was getting over a cold, and right before I left my apartment...

  • There will be Jews at Oscar’s 80th

    By Tom Tugend

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    After some relatively lean years, Hollywood's Jewish talent -- as well as Israel's -- made a solid showing as nominations for the 80th Academy Awards were announced at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    The biggest winners were brothers Ethan and Joel Coen, whose thriller "No Country for Old Men"...

  • KCRW gives us ‘The Business’

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In an underground office on the campus of Santa Monica College, Claude Brodesser-Akner is working with his producer, Matt Holzman, and associate producer, Darby Maloney, to describe the current status of the Oscar broadcast -- and work in a pun.

    Finally, Brodesser-Akner says, with...

  • Jewish tales vie for foreign film Oscar

    By Tom Tugend

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    At the indecent hour of 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 22, movie stars, directors and producers will be wide awake and nervously awaiting word whether their names or films have been nominated to vie for Oscar honors at the 80th Annual Academy Awards.

    None will be chewing their fingernails more...

  • Oscar 2007: A good year for the Jews!

    February 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    After a slow start in the initial Oscar contests, Hollywood's Jews reaffirmed their tribe's historic resilience with a credible finish at Sunday's Academy Awards.

    Host Ellen DeGeneres set the stage by noting the diversity of this year's nominees, concluding that without "blacks,...

  • But what about Azerbaijan?

    By Rob Eshman

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, in that Hollywood purgatory just before the announcement of the Oscar nominations, I found myself at a party in honor of Borat.

    I fully expected Borat to appear, dingy brown suit and post-modern Groucho mustache and all. Instead, as I walked through the door of the...

  • Director Ari Sandel ‘Banks’ on Oscar buzz with short ‘Story’

    By Tom Tugend

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    At the celebrity-studded luncheon for this year's Oscar nominees, there was Clint Eastwood seated next to fellow director Ari Sandel, chatting away.

    Ari who?

    Well, Ari Sandel is the creator of "West Bank Story," which may not be as well known as Eastwood's "Letters From Iwo Jima"...

  • Jews get short shrift at Oscar nominations

    By Tom Tugend

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If, as they say, a "Jewish cabal" runs Hollywood, it sure did a lousy job in promoting its own Jewish-themed films during Tuesday's Academy Award nominations.

    Whereas in past years one could at least count on Steven Spielberg or a Holocaust documentary to provide a snappy lead for a...

  • Films: Oscar buzz surrounds Israel ‘Disengagement’ documentary

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Storm of Emotions," a documentary on the agonizing evacuation of Jewish settlers from their Gaza Strip homes, is the first Israeli production in decades to have a serious shot at Oscar honors. A close-up and personal account of the "disengagement" operation in August 2005, the film...
  • Agoura Gal Meets Oscar Glitz

    By Adam Wills

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Somewhere between a young Joan Rivers and "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria, you'll find Adrianna Costa.

    On March 5, the Agoura-raised entertainment correspondent will be covering the Academy Awards live for the first time. However, she won't be in a gown hobnobbing with...

  • Where in the World Is ‘Paradise’?

    By Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When the controversial film "Paradise Now" is introduced at the March 5 Oscars ceremony, the live and television audiences may wonder not just whether it will win, but exactly where it came from.

    In the listing by countries of the five nominees for foreign language film honors, the...

  • It’s No Joke—Stewart Does Oscars

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The new Oscars' host and the latest Jew to take on the role is -- drumroll, please -- Jon Stewart, the comedian and host of Comedy Central's mock news program, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Stewart is the latest in a long line of comedians, including Johnny Carson, Bob Hope,...

  • Nominated for Best Foreign Film Are…

    By Tom Tugend

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    On Tuesday, at the indecent hour of 5:30 a.m., when some sleepy official reads off the nominations for the 78th Academy Awards, it's likely no one will follow the announcements more anxiously than filmmakers in 58 foreign countries.

    Each of these nations has submitted its supposedly...

  • An Affair to Remember: Hollywood and the Jews

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Oscar night is almost upon us, and there is considerable talk (and pride) about three of the chief contenders -- Halle Berry, Will Smith and Denzel Washington -- all of whom are black. But don't be fooled: Hollywood and the film industry is still primarily a Jewish story, no matter...

  • Lord of the Oscars

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Around the time Mark Ordesky discovered J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy trilogy "The Lord of the Rings," he was engaged in his own epic struggle: trying not to flunk out of Temple Emanuel's Hebrew school. "I was spectacularly unsuccessful at it," confides the affable, boyish executive...

  • Actor of ‘Favor’

    By Amy Klein

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "I am not Menachem."

    So says Israeli heartthrob Aki Avni, referring to his character in "Time of Favor," the Israeli psychological thriller opening in Los Angeles movie theaters Feb 1. The film, winner of six Israeli Oscars last year, including picture of the year, tells the story...

  • And the Oscar Goes to…

    By Tom Tugend

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Deborah Oppenheimer, Academy Award winner for "Into the Arms of Stranger: stories of the Kindertransport," will screen the documentary and speak about it at Temple Beth Am on Wed., April 18 at 7 pm (1039 S. La Cienega Blvd.). Two participants of the Kindertransport will also share...

  • Community Briefs

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Jewish Themes Dominate Oscars

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Rarely has Jewish talent and Jewish themes received as much recognition as at the last Academy Awards of this century.

    "Life Is Beautiful," the tragicomic fable set partially in a concentration camp, earned best actor and best foreign film Oscars for its star and director, Roberto...

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