Red Carpet

Oscar success for Daniel Day-Lewis, Simon Chinn

By Jennifer Lipman, February 25, 2013

A documentary about the hunt for an obscure musician earned a British Jewish producer a place in film history on Sunday evening.

Simon Chinn, the son of businessman Sir Trevor, went home with an Academy Award for the documentary Searching for Sugar Man.

Mr Chinn, a father of three who has been working in the industry since the late 1990s, is no stranger to Oscar success.

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Iran 'may boycott Oscars' in response to Mohammed film

By Jennifer Lipman, September 25, 2012

After triumphing over Israel to win the country's first Oscar, one would have expected Iran's filmmakers to embrace the Academy Awards once again next year.

But according to reports in the Iranian media, the head of the government-controlled cinema agency has called for a boycott of February's ceremony because of the outcry over a film denigrating the prophet Mohammed.

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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.

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'Dictator' Sacha Baron Cohen brings Kim Jong Il's ashes to the Oscars

By Jennifer Lipman, February 27, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen was forcibly removed from the red carpet before the Academy Awards ceremony last night, after arriving dressed as a Middle Eastern dictator an performing a stunt involving Kim Jong Il's ashes.

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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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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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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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Footnote: Cannes winner for Best Screenplay

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011
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A trailer for Joseph Cedar's award-winning film about two comepting Talmudic scholars, Footnote.

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Israeli director's bible comedy triumphs at Cannes

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

An Israeli director is celebrating after his comedy about two academics at the Hebrew University won an award at the Cannes Film festival.

Joseph Cedar was named this year's recipient of the best screenplay award on Sunday, although he had already left France by the time the prize was awarded.

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