"Munich" and "Paradise Now," two films subjected to considerable controversy in the American Jewish community and Israel, came up empty-handed at Sunday evening's Academy Awards ceremonies.
Not at all controversial was the selection of Rachel Weisz as best supporting actress in "The Constant Gardner," in which she plays a passionate activist fighting an international pharmaceutical company.
By launching a public, pre-Oscar campaign against the movie "Paradise Now," Jewish activists all but guaranteed that people who might not otherwise see the movie would now be curious to give it a chance.I was among the curious.
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.
In his riveting new film, "Paradise Now," Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad paints an ugly picture of Israeli occupation and the harsh consequences he believes flow from it, namely suicide bombers.