Awards and prizes

Coen Brothers win Israeli prize for 'unique' partnership

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2011

True Grit directors the Coen Brothers have been named as the recipients of an Israeli prize honouring achievements of outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact.

The US filmmakers, whose films include Fargo and A Serious Man, are the 2011 winners of the Dan David Prize.

The prize celebrates the work of individuals or groups in three categories, past, present and future. Worth $1 million each, the prizes have been awarded since 2002 by Israeli philanthropist Dan David and Tel Aviv University.

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Ian McEwan: Engage with Israel even if you disagree

By Jennifer Lipman, February 18, 2011

The British writer Ian McEwan has expressed his belief in the importance of engaging with Israeli politics rather than boycotting the country.

Speaking in Israel ahead of a ceremony at which he will receive this year’s Jerusalem Prize, Israel’s highest honour for foreign writers, Mr McEwan said: “You cannot isolate [literature] but I take it as a bad sign when politics permeates every corner of life”.

According to the Guardian, he added: “I don't feel I endorse every corner of Israel's domestic or foreign policy…but I feel it's right to engage with it."

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Awards aren't all a big yawn

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, February 17, 2011

The award season is upon us. There's been the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTAs and soon good old Oscar Night. Undoubtedly the best way to watch these events is sitting at home with the tea brewing, a loo nearby and some snacks to hand. And even then only the highlights. Because award nights are dull.

To watch is hard; to attend even worse. I've been to comedy awards, theatre awards, soap awards, fragrance awards and TV awards. I once accompanied Mr O to DJ Mag's technology awards, where categories included Best Amplifier and Best Turntable.

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The King's Speech wins big at Bafta awards

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2011

Jewish stars including Natalie Portman and Aaron Sorkin walked away with some of Britain's most important film honours tonight at the Bafta ceremony in London.

With just two weeks to go until the Oscars in Los Angeles, the Jerusalem-born Ms Portman repeated her success at the Golden Globes to win Best Actress for her part in Darren Aronofsky's thriller Black Swan. Too pregnant to fly - she is expecting her first child with the film's choreographer later this year - Mr Aronofsky collected the award in her place.

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Barbra Streisand to sing live at Grammy awards

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2011

Barbra Streisand is to delight fans with an unusual live performance this weekend.

The singer will take to the stage at the annual Grammy awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, where she is nominated for her album Love Is the Answer.

She will also be honoured on Friday for "creative accomplishments and philanthropy" by the Grammy's charitable foundation MusiCares.

A performance at the event celebrating her five-decade career in music and film is expected to include Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder.

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Glasgow law professor wins Israeli scholarship

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

A leading British law professor has been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the British Friends of the Hebrew University (BFHU) for work promoting understanding between Israel and the UK.

Glasgow University professor Adam Tomkins is this year’s recipient of the Hailsham Scholarship, which has been awarded since 1987 to honour the contribution of influential legal academics.

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Oscar winning actresses

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2011

Jerusalem-born actress Natalie Portman could soon pick up her first Academy Award for her performance of the twisted dancer Nina Sayer in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.

If she does, she'll be joining an impressive list of Jewish leading ladies who have gone on to Oscar glory - or at least come close.

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Israel boycotters continue to target Ian McEwan

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2011

Pro-Palestinian campaigners have stepped up calls for author Ian McEwan to boycott an awards ceremony in Jerusalem at which he is to be honoured next month.

Despite the fact that Mr McEwan has already responded to a letter from British Writers in Support of Palestine, published in the Guardian, members of the group have sent a second letter demanding he reject the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society.

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Another win for Black Swan's Natalie Portman

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2011

Natalie Portman’s performance as a tortured and competitive prima ballerina earned her another film award last night, as the Screen Actors Guild named her Outstanding Female Actress.

The Jerusalem-born actress, who has already picked up a Golden Globe for her star turn in Black Swan, has been critically acclaimed and is expected to win her first Academy Award next month.

She was previously up for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the film Closer in 2005, but lost out to Cate Blanchett.

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Oscar nominated: Coen Brothers, Aaron Sorkin and Natalie Portman

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2011

The Coen Brothers remake of the Western classic True Grit has been nominated for 10 Oscars.

The Jewish directing duo Joel and Ethan are up for the Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director awards.

They were last nominated for the awards in 2009 for A Serious Man, and have won Oscars for their films Fargo and No Country for Old Men.

The film’s young star, Hailee Steinfeld, who has a Jewish father, was named in Best Supporting Actress category.

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