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February 24, 2012 12:22 pm

Jewish Contenders at the Oscars

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“Footnote” is a film written and directed by Joseph Cedar and is Israel’s 10th nomination for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards.

Cedar considers the Academy Award nomination high praise.

The film covers Talmudic scholar Eliezer Shkolnik who has devoted his career to an exhaustive study of varying versions of Jewish texts in an effort to ascertain the most exact form of the original works possible.  Dismissed by his fellow academics, Eliezer resents the popularity and success of his son, Uriel, whose less rigorous studies have won him wide recognition.

“The Oscars actually have content, and there is substance to a lot of the discussion. So it’s really a worthy event and more than just the glamor …I think,” Cedar says.

Additionally, Poland will be competing against Israel in this category with a Jewish themed film, “In Darkness”,  directed by Agnieszka Holland. It recounts the true story of survival in the Nazi occupied city of Lvov during World War II when a sanitation worker there named Socha helps a group of Jews hide in the sewers.

Steven Spielberg’s film “War Horse” is nominated for Best Picture. Woody Allen is also nominated for his direction of “Midnight in Paris”.

“Hugo” starring the contorversial Sacha Baron Cohen is a contender for 11 awards.

Behatzlachah (with success).

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  • alexaa

    Well to be honest I am not that amazed with “Midnight at Paris”. Usually Woody Allen movies maintain certain artistic level: acting, humor, avoiding cliché, music, etc. Usually Woody Allen movies are made for intelligent viewers, with intelligent viewer in mind. Unfortunately Midnight in Paris is not one of such films.

    Instead of a light, dynamic, full of irony and natural acting “smart” comedy, we get a cheesy, predictable, and oversimplified “Hollywood” style flick. All the characters are so primitive, and overemphasized, that it’s boring like hell. Snobism of one of the characters, lack of understanding between a main character and his bride , eccentricity of “great artists”, naive character of a main character, etc, etc, etc – all of it – is so exaggerated and so dull, that I could not believe, that it’s for real. I thought that maybe in the end there will be some twist, or some justification of such bad acting and such terrible script. But no, everything was for real, and a movie ended with the most predictable and boring end.

    I would never believe, it’s a Woody Allen movie. The only good thing about the film is music, but that’s definitely not enough.

    Have a lovely time!
    Alexa @