Awards and prizes

Golden Globes: Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network up for awards

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010

Jewish screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his film about the creation of Facebook.

The Social Network, which stars Jewish actors Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, is up for best screenplay at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

It has also been placed in the category for Best Film, while its stars have been nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

To take the prize The Social Network will have to beat the forthcoming drama about rivalry in the ballet world, Black Swan.

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On this day: the first Nobel Prizes are awarded

By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010

As the famous story goes, Alfred Nobel – the inventor of dynamite – was disturbed to read his own obituary. It was less the news of his premature death than the headline: “the merchant of death is dead”.

He was desperate to change this and be remembered for something else and, accordingly, the Nobel Prize was born.

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Clint Eastwood and British director honoured at Los Angeles gala

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2010

The work of a Jewish filmmaker has been honoured alongside actor Clint Eastwood at a Los Angeles awards ceremony.

British-born writer and director Joshua Newton was praised for his Holocaust thriller Iron Cross at the Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival.

The film received one of two awards from the museum. The other was given to Mr Eastwood for "encouraging tolerance, justice and human rights" through his work.

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Jewish journalists sweep media awards

By Jennifer Lipman, October 21, 2010

Journalist and JC columnist Daniel Finkelstein has been named political commentator of the year.

Mr Finkelstein, the executive editor of The Times, received the prize at the Editorial Intelligence comment awards 2010 on Thursday morning.

The FT columnist Gideon Rachman won the award for best foreign commentator, while Christopher Hitchens was named magazine commentator of the year.

The Independent editor Simon Kelner, who is launching a new youth title for the paper next week, was awarded the Chair’s Choice prize.

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Care duo win major industry awards

October 21, 2010

Two Jewish Care staff have been honoured in the inaugural Great British Care Awards for London, supported by the Department of Health.

The care trainer prize went to Gill Yentis, the charity's practice development worker for disability and dementia services. Christina Brago-Nimako, social care co-ordinator at Rubens House in Finchley, took the care home activity organiser award.

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Human rights award for Israeli duo

By Simon Rocker, October 14, 2010

You do not often see guests dancing at an Anglo-Jewish charity dinner.

But many were on their feet at the New Israel Fund's annual Human Rights awards on Sunday to celebrate this year's winners: Israeli singers Noa and Mira.

The duo, Achinoam Nini who is Jewish and Mira Awad who is Arab, represented Israel in the 2009 Eurovision song contest. They had been due to perform in London earlier this year at the Zionist Federation's Israel Independence concert but Ms Arad withdrew amid political controversy.

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Oscar-winning director's royal commission

By Jenni Frazer, October 7, 2010

As Arnold Schwartzman acknowledges, it has taken more than half a century for his career to come full circle.

Appointed OBE in 2002 in recognition of his design and film work, Mr Schwartzman, 73, an Oscar-winning documentary film director, has now achieved the ultimate royal commission.

He has designed two enormous murals for the new ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, which will be officially named by the Queen on October 11.

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Aronofsky, Leigh shortlisted for BFI film award

By Jennifer Lipman, September 29, 2010

Two Jewish directors have been nominated for the Best Film award at this year’s London Film Festival.

Darren Aronofsky has made the shortlist for the thriller Black Swan, which stars the Jerusalem-born actress Natalie Portman as a ballerina consumed by jealousy of her co-star.

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Ricky Gervais jokes about Jews at the Emmys

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2010
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British comedian Ricky Gervais takes a swipe at Mel Gibson as he presents an award at the 2010 Emmy awards.

The 1960s-set advertising drama Mad Men, created by Jewish writer Matthew Weiner, was the big winner of the night, taking the prizes for best drama and best drama series writing.

Watch a Yiddish parody of Mad Men here

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Howard Jacobson up for Man Booker prize

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2010

Jewish novelist Howard Jacobson has been placed on the longlist for one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards.

Mr Jacobson has been nominated for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his upcoming novel The Finkler Question.

The book, Mr Jacobson’s 15th, tells the story of three friends as they look back on their lives.

It is the third time the author, known for writing about Jewish characters, has been longlisted for the £50,000 prize, although he has never made the shortlist.

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