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Oscar dresses: stars on Red Carpets past

By Jennifer Lipman, February 25, 2011

The Oscars take place on Sunday and as always, it's all about the dresses. A look at what some Jewish leading ladies wore in the past.

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On this day: Joseph Gordon Levitt is born

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2011

After making his film debut in the dog comedy Beethoven, Joseph Leonard Gordon Levitt shot to television fame with a role in the alien comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun.

A graduate of Columbia University, he was born in Los Angeles to a radio presenter father and political activist mother. In 1999 he starred opposite Heath Ledger in the Shakespeare-inspired teen comedy Ten Things I Hate About You.

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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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Natalie Portman: a life on film

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2011

Nominated for an Oscar, the Jerusalem born actress has already scooped a Golden Globe for her turn as a deranged ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. A look back at the career of Natalie Portman (filmed around her studies at Harvard, of course)

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Natalie Portman as a Chasidic Jewish wife

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2011
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Oscar-nominated actress Natalie Portman goes back to her Jewish roots as a Chasidic Jewish woman in the film New York I Love You, in cinemas now.

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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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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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Black Swan and Social Network up for Baftas

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2011

Natalie Portman has been nominated for Britain’s most important film award.

Two days after she picked up a Golden Globe for her performance as an ambitious, tortured ballerina in Black Swan, the Israeli-born actress has been placed in the running for the Bafta award for Best Actress.

The drama, which arrives on British screens this week, has been nominated for five awards, including the Best Director nod for its Jewish filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.

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Natalie Portman, Aaron Sorkin triumph at Golden Globes

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2011

Jewish stars were celebrating last night after they swept the boards at the Golden Globes ceremony in Los Angeles.

Jerusalem-born actress Natalie Portman has been widely tipped for an Oscar-nomination after she was named Best Actress for Black Swan.

The film, released in Britain this week, stars Ms Portman as a tormented prima ballerina and is directed by Jewish filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.

Mr Aronofsky was nominated for Best Director but lost out to The Social Network, a retelling of the origin of Facebook and its Jewish misfit creator Mark Zuckerberg.

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Interview: Darren Aronofsky

By Stephen Applebaum, January 13, 2011

Darren Aronofsky became fascinated by madness - specifically paranoid schizophrenia - while working on first feature film, Pi. Set among New York's Orthodox Jewish community, its main character, Max Cohen, is a troubled number theorist who believes he may have discovered the numerical code which can explain everything in Creation, and ends up taking a power drill to his head in what must be one of the few scenes of self-trepanning in cinema history.

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