The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced Thursday in Los
Angeles, and two Israeli movies received Best Documentary Oscar nods: Dror
Moreh’s The Gatekeepers and Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s 5 Broken
“Two Israeli documentaries have been nominated for Oscars,” said
a delighted Moreh. “It’s the first time in history that has
The Gatekeepers, a film featuring interviews with the former
heads of the Shin Bet, and 5 Broken Cameras, about nonviolent resistance in a
West Bank village, were both on the short list of 15 documentary contenders
selected last month. Israel has never before had a nominee in the Best
Documentary feature category, although the documentary short, Strangers No More,
won an Oscar in 2011.
Israeli films have made the short list in the past,
but none has made the final cut.
Israel has had four nominations since
2008 in the Best Foreign Language Film category, for Joseph Cedar’s Beaufort and
Footnote, Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir, and Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani’s
Israel’s official entry this year, Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void,
did not make the Oscar short list.
In the most-watched categories, the
big winner was Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, with 12 nominations, including Best
Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Daniel Day- Lewis) and Best Supporting
Actress (Sally Field).
The other eight nominees for Best Picture were
Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Les Miserables, The Life of Pi, Silver
Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty.
The other Best Actor nominees are
Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook, Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables,
Joaquin Phoenix for The Master, and Denzel Washington for Flight.
Best Actress nominees are Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer
Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, Emmanuelle Riva for Amour, Quvenzhane
Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild and Naomi Watts for The
The unprecedented two nominations for Israeli documentaries
is a testament to the vitality of the Israeli movie scene over the last decade.
Both The Gatekeepers and 5 Broken Cameras have won numerous awards already. The
National Society of Film Critics in the US gave The Gatekeepers its Best
Documentary Award last week, and 5 Broken Cameras won the World Cinema Directing
Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
The Academy Awards will be
given out on February 24 in Hollywood.