This year’s Academy Awards, which will take place on February 27 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater, features a number of Jewish nominees.
Three of the Best Picture nominations have Jewish producers: Scott Rudin for “The Social Network”; Ethan and Joel Coen for "True Grit"; and Mike Medavoy for “The Black Swan.”
Jesse Eisenberg was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in “Social Network,” a recipient of eight nominations.
Golden Globe winner, and Israeli native, Natalie Portman, was a Best Actress pick for her role in “Black Swan.”
Teenager Hailee Steinfeld, who has a Jewish father, was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her heroic role in “True Grit,” which garnered 10 nominations.
The Best Director category included the Coen brothers for “True Grit” and Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan.”
Susanne Bier, an outspokenly Jewish director, won a nod for Best Foreign Film for Denmark’s “In a Better World.”
Israel’s short documentary “Strangers No More,” made by American filmmakers Kirk Simon and Karen Goodman, was also nominated.
Jewish writers nominated were Aaron Sorkin for “Social Network” and the Coen brothers for “True Grit”, named for their adapted screenplays.
Nominations for best original screenplay went to David Seidler for “The King’s Speech,” and Lisa Cholodenko with Stuart Blumberg for “The Kids Are Alright.”
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life
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