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Oscar Nominations Announced

Israeli film ‘Footnote,’ Jonah Hill, Woody Allen among nominees

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The 2012 Oscar nominees have been announced, and Israel’s well-received official entry, Footnote, is on the list for best foreign film. Also nominated was Iranian screenwriter Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation.

Written and directed by Joseph Cedar, Footnote (Hebrew with English subtitles) deals with father-son rivalry at the highest academic level as Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik, both professors in Talmudic Studies, compete with each other for the coveted Israel Prize. Other Israeli films have secured the nomination in recent years, including Ajami in 2009, Waltz With Bashir in 2008, and Joseph Cedar’s 2007 film, Beaufort.

Other nominations include Moneyball (best picture), starring Brad Pitt, about how sabermetrics helped reinvent the Oakland A’s. Most notably, Jonah Hill (Jonah Hill!) was nominated as best supporting actor. He’s up against Max von Sydow from the adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, also in the running for best picture.

Woody Allen gets his due for best-film nominee Midnight in Paris, with a nod for both best director and best original screenplay. He’s up against Asghar Farhadi in the screenplay category. In other Oscar news, the JTA Archive points out that the late Oscar-nominated screenwriter (and JTA president) Eleazar Lipsky would have turned 100 today.

Oscars 2012 Nominations: Complete List [Hollywood Reporter]
Footnote [Official Site]
Related: The Joy of Stats [Tablet Magazine]

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Clarification: Eleazar Lipsky would have turned 100 on Sept. 6, 2011. He was nominated for the 1948 Oscar for Best Story and lost to the author of “Miracle on 34th Street.”

I know the primary purpose of this post is to highlight Jewish nominees (as though they’re in any way a rarity) but do you really expect us to take your writer seriously when they don’t even know who Max von Sydow is—not a child actor, by the way, but an 82-year-old and one of the most celebrated actors of all time.

Anal reader says:

Moneyball was not “helmed” by Brad Pitt. The Hollywoodism “helmed” means “directed by.” Moneyball was helmed by Bennett Miller.


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Oscar Nominations Announced

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