Hollywood’s biggest night, The Academy Awards, took place March 4th at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to honor the biggest names and breakout stars in showbiz. From Best Actor to Best Original Score, there were more than a few members in attendance representing the Jewish community.
Real life Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, who stunned in a Givenchy dress and Tiffany jewels, was a presenter during the 90th Academy Awards. Gadot, an Israeli native, will soon be starring in Wonder Woman 2 and has been in the press lately for backlash against her Jewish heritage, especially when a L’oreal Ambassador resigned over tweets she had written against the star’s background.
Timothee Chalamet, 24, whose mother is of Jewish descent, was nominated for Best Actor for his breakout role in the critically acclaimed “Call Me by Your Name.” Chalamet, who grew up in New York, plays in a film which also has many Jewish references. “Call Me by Your Name” centers around Chalamet’s character, a teenager living in Italy during the summer whose sexuality is awakened when a visiting male Jewish American graduate student stays at his home and the two carry out a brief yet passionate affair. The movie also demonstrates the differences of how people carry around their Jewish identity and portray themselves to the outside world. Chalamet also had a small role in the nominated film “Lady Bird.”
Though he is not new to the Oscars game – he’s already picked up three Best Actor awards during his career – Daniel Day-Lewis, whose mother, the actress Jill Balcon was Jewish, was once again nominated for his starring role in “Phantom Thread.” Though he didn’t take home the gold statue, Day-Lewis is still one of the greats and has said that “Phantom Thread” will be his last picture.
“The Disaster Artist,” written about well, a disaster of a movie called “The Room,” was nominated for Best Adapted screenplay and was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. The Jewish writing team have also teamed up on other hits including the romantic comedy “500 Days of Summer” and “The Pink Panther 2.”
Also in this category is “Logan,” co-written by Scott Frank, Michael Green and James Mangold. “Logan” is the first superhero movie to receive a Best Screenplay nomination. Green’s family is Jewish and his mother is of Israeli descent. Green also wrote Bladder Runner 2049 and Murder on the Orient Express, all in 2017.
Aaron Sorkin was nominated for his film, “Molly’s Game,” based on the memoir by Poker Princess Molly Bloom, whose father is Jewish.
Bryan Fogel won Best Documentary feature for “Icarus,” which he wrote and appeared in. Fogel, a serious bicyclist, wrote his film about the Russian Olympic doping controversy. Fogel is also known for his book and Off-Broadway play, “Jewtopia.”
Musical legend Diane Warren was nominated for Best Original Song, “Stand Up for Something,” from the movie “Marshall.” Warren, who has been nominated nine times, was in the category with fellow Jewish nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.” Hans Zimmer who worked on “Dunkirk,” was nominated for Best Original Score.
Peter Spears, the producer of “Call Me by Your Name,” as well as the producer of “Darkest Hour,” Eric Fellner, Amy Paschal of “The Post” and Scott Rudin, of “Lady Bird,” were all acknowledged with nominations for Best Picture.
Though not everyone walked home a winner, many members of the tribe were recognized for their work this Oscar season.
By Julie L. Sagoskin
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