Awards and prizes

Amos Oz in running for literary award

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

A book by a prolific Israeli writer has been shortlisted for an award honouring translations of books.

Amos Oz, one of the most influential writers and intellectuals in Israeli history, is the author of dozens of books, short stories and essays.


Sir Martin Gilbert wins prestigious Israeli prize

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

The British historian Sir Martin Gilbert has won a prestigious Israeli prize honouring achievements of outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact.

Sir Martin, the official biographer of Winston Churchill and the author of 80 studies including of Israeli and Jewish history, was named as the recipient of the $1 million Dan David prize earlier today.


Oscar-winning Artist director Hazanavicius's Jewish family history

By Jennifer Lipman, February 27, 2012

The son of Holocaust survivors who hid from the Nazis in the French woodlands was last night celebrating the greatest honour in filmmaking.

Michel Hazanavicius's homage to silent film, The Artist, took home the Oscar for Best Director at the Los Angeles ceremony last night, as well as awards for Best Picture and Best Actor for its star, Jean Dujardin.


Iranian-Israeli unity at Oscars panel event

By Jennifer Lipman, February 27, 2012

An Iranian director participated in a pre-Oscars panel event with an Israeli filmmaker without incident, despite the growing tensions between the two countries.


Sacha Baron Cohen: Oscars ban is work of 'Zionists'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen has blamed "Zionists" for a possible ban on his presence at the Academy Awards.

The actor and comedian has been warned not to attend the ceremony if he continues with his plan to come dressed as the Middle Eastern ruler from his new film, The Dictator.


'Dictator' Sacha Baron Cohen may face Oscars ban

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen has reportedly been barred from the Oscars because of plans to come dressed as a Middle Eastern despot.

The actor had vowed to walk the red carpet before the ceremony as the protagonist from his new film, the Dictator.


Montefiore bigoraphy wins prestigious prize

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

An Oxford University academic has won £16,000 for her biography of Jewish philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore.

Abigail Green's book on the "Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero" was named as the runner-up in the annual Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.


Grammy for Jewish Sesame Street singer

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

A Jewish singer and songwriter who specialises in making music for children walked away with one of the few Grammy awards not snapped up by Adele at Sunday's ceremony.

Barry Louis Polisar's song Town of Round was one of the tracks on a compilation called All About Bullies Big and Small.

The album won the award for Best Children's Recording.


Oscar nominations for Spielberg, Sorkin and Allen

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2012

Three Jewish Hollywood heavyweights will go head to head at this year's Academy Awards.

Following in the footsteps of the Golden Globes, Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg and Aaron Sorkin could all see their films triumph in the Best Picture category.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, a film based on a novel by Jewish author Jonathan Safran Foer, was also nominated in the category.


Hebrew University comedy on Oscar shortlist

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2012

An Israeli comedy about the rivalry between two bible experts has been shortlisted for an Academy Award.

Footnote, which won the best screenplay award at last year's Cannes film festival, is set at Jerusalem's Hebrew University.

Directed by Joseph Cedar, it tells the story of the rivalry between a father and son who both work as Talmudic scholars.