Awards and prizes

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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tenor Placido Domingo wins Israeli prize

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2012

A British conductor best known for his work at the Berlin Philharmonic has won a prestigious Israeli prize honouring achievements in the arts and sciences.

Sir Simon Rattle, the former conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, was named as the co-recipient of this year's Wolf Prize for his contribution to music.

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Sorkin v Spielberg at the Golden Globes

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

A film written by Aaron Sorkin has been nominated for a Golden Globe for the second year in a row.

The Jewish screenwriter triumphed with the Best Screenplay award for The Social Network at last year's awards and could do the same at this January's ceremony.

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Israel sets science lesson world record

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2011

Less than two months after an Israeli took home the Nobel Prize for chemistry the country is celebrating a new scientific breakthrough.

The officials at Guinness World Records have confirmed that it is the new record holder for having staged the largest chemistry lesson.

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Black Swan makers to film dark side of Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

Darren Aronofsky is to become the next Hollywood filmmaker to bring social networking to the big screen.

The film, about the dangers of online romances, will be based on a script by Mark Heyman, who also wrote Mr Aronofsky's Academy award winning hit Black Swan.

According to Variety, the film will be called XOXO.

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