'Skin', film by Israeli director, nominated for an Oscar

The Oscars will be awarded at a ceremony in Hollywood on February 24 (February 25 at 3 a.m. in Israel).

January 22, 2019 18:27
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Movie poster for 'Skin'

Movie poster for 'Skin'. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Skin, a short film by Guy Nattiv, an Israeli director working in the US, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live-Action Short Film.

The nominations were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Skin is a fact-based drama set in America about a skinhead who ends up rejecting racial hatred. Nattiv has directed the award-winning Israeli films Mabul, Strangers and Magic Men. The movie stars Jamie Bell (Defiance, Billy Elliot), as well as Vera Farmiga, Bill Camp, Mike Colter and Danielle Macdonald.

Nattiv’s wife, actress Jaime Ray Newman, produced the film. Nattiv released a video on his Facebook page of him and Newman watching the nominations being announced.

A full-length version will have its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next month.

This year’s nominations marked the first time that a movie made by the streaming service, Netflix – Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma – was nominated for Best Picture. Roma was tied for the most nominations – 10 in all – with Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite. Roma, a black-and-white film set in 1970s Mexico focusing on a middle-class family and their housekeeper, has led the critics’ awards and was expected to receive multiple nominations. Cuaron is nominated in four categories – as producer (the producers of the Best Picture nominees are nominated for Oscars, although there is no Best Producer category), director, screenwriter and cinematographer. He won the Oscar for Best Director in 2014 for Gravity.

Only eight movies were nominated for Best Picture, a category that may include 10. In addition to Roma and The Favourite, this year’s nominees are Black Panther (the first superhero movie to be nominated), BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Green Book, A Star is Born and Vice.

The Oscars will be awarded at a ceremony in Hollywood on February 24 (February 25 at 3 a.m. in Israel).

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