Celebrity Jewsby nate bloom
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The 85th Academy Awards will be presented at 4 p.m. Feb. 24 in a live telecast on ABC. Barbra Streisand, 70, will sing at this year’s ceremony. Here are some of the Jewish nominees.
Best director: Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Zeitlin, who is only 30, made his film for less than $2 million and is the “dark horse wunderkind” of this year’s Oscars. The son of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother, he was raised Jewish and had a bar mitzvah. “Beasts” is also a best picture nominee. Steven Spielberg, 66, “Lincoln.” Many sharp critics have compared Zeitlin to a young Spielberg. David O. Russell, 54, “Silver Linings Playbook.” Best original song: “Suddenly” from “Les Misérables,” music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, 67, and lyric by Herbert Kretzmer, 87, and Alain Boublil, 72. Schonberg and Boublil are French Jews who wrote the original stage version of “Les Misérables.” Kretzmer, an English Jew, wrote the lyrics for the English-language version of the stage show. All three wrote a new (now nominated) song for the film. Best adapted screenplay: Zeitlin (“Beasts”); Tony Kushner, 56, “Lincoln”; and Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook.” Best original screenplay: Mark Boal, 39, “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Feature-length documentary: “5 Broken Cameras,” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, co-directed by Israeli Guy Davidi, 34; “The Gatekeepers,” interviews with six former heads of Mossad, directed by Israeli Dror Moreh, 52; and “The Invisible War,” about sexual assault in the military, produced by Amy Ziering, 50. Short-length documentary: “Kings Point,” about (mostly) Jewish seniors in Florida, directed by San Franciscan Sari Gilman, 43, who is profiled in this week’s j.
The best picture Oscar goes to a film’s principal producers. The nominees include Grant Heslov, 47, “Argo”; Eric Fellner, 53, Les Misérables”; Spielberg, “Lincoln”; Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”; and Stacey Sher, 50, “Django Unchained.”
The supernatural film “Beautiful Creatures,” which opened Feb. 14, is based on a best-selling young adult novel of the same name. If the film does well, it may follow the success of the “Twilight” series.
Emmy Rossum, 26 (“Shameless”), has a big supporting role as Ridley, and Zoey Deutch, 18, has another large supporting role as Emily.
This is Deutch’s first big film role. Her father is director Howard Deutch, 63.
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