If Jews ever wanted to dispel the myth that they control Hollywood, the
85th Academy Awards nominations on Thursday did not help the cause.
Legendary Jewish director Steven Spielberg's US presidential drama Lincoln
led the pack of Oscar nominees with 12 nominations including a nod for
best picture, in the race for the world's top film honors. Spielberg was
also nominated for best director.
The Oscars are given out by
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and this year's winners
will be named at a ceremony in Hollywood on Feb. 26.
Day-Lewis, whose mother is Jewish, was nominated for Best Actor in a
Leading Role for his portrayal of the US president in Spielberg's movie.
In the Best Actor in a Leading Role category, Alan Arkin was nominated for his role in Argo.
Jews such as Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis may be no stranger to Oscar
success, Israeli cinema has only started to feature prominently at the
Oscars in the past decade or so. This year is no exception with no less
than two Israeli films nominated in the best documentary category.
Five Broken Cameras, directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, and The Gatekeepers,
directed by Dror Moreh, were among the five nominees culled from 126
films in the category, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The Gatekeepers features interviews with six former directors of the Shin Bet security service.
Five Broken Cameras
documents the first years of life for Burnat's baby against the
backdrop of the West Bank village of Bil'in's battle against the Israeli
security fence. Five of Burnat's cameras were smashed by the IDF as he
documented friends and family members being shot and injured by Israeli
troops. The film won the documentary director's award this year at the
Sundance Film Festival.
Reuters and JTA contributed to this report