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Tablet Writer’s Film Wins Oscar!

Rakoff’s movie lands Short Film prize

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Tablet contributor Rakoff in ‘The New Tenants.’(

A massive mazel tov to Tablet Magazine contributing editor David Rakoff, who wrote—oh, and starred in!—The New Tenants, a film which last night won the Oscar for Short Film (Live Action). Congratulations!

In other news, the big winner last night, taking Original Screenplay, Director, and Picture, was The Hurt Locker (which you all really should go see: it’s excellent, and thriling). However, other than the single Oscar Inglourious Basterds’s Christoph Waltz won for Supporting Actor, all six of the films I identified as the most Jewish contenders were shut out, including Israel’s third consecutive Foreign Language Film nominee, Ajami, and the Coen Brothers’ fantastic A Serious Man.

But having a friend of the magazine succeed more than makes up for that. Here’s The New Tenants trailer:

David Rakoff [Tablet Magazine]
The New Tenant [Oscars]

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Rachel says:

Yay David!!! It is the best thing.

Lily Krikler says:

Oh wow Davey! How fantastic is that

Bryna Weiss says:

So, how can I see the film?

Kristen Johnston says:

David Rackoff is a brilliant talent, and a genuinely wonderful human being. his genius as an actor & writer is exceeded only by his extraordinary skill for making cookies.


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Tablet Writer’s Film Wins Oscar!

Rakoff’s movie lands Short Film prize

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