Weisz tipped for Supporting Actress Oscar

Jewish film-makers and performers pick up nominations for this year's Academy Awards - but there are disappointments too


Rachel Weisz has been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos’s hit about the life of Queen Anne. But Disobedience, set in the Orthodox community of Hendon, which Ms Weisz co-produced and starred in, was overlooked completely by the Academy.

Ms Weisz was the only Jew to get a nod in the acting categories, but two non-Jewish actors have been nominated for playing Jewish characters:  Melissa McCarthy was tipped as Lead Actress for her performance as literary forger Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me?; and Adam Driver got the nod for Best Supporting Actor for playing a Jewish cop in Blackkklansman.

Film-making brothers Joel and Ethan Coen picked up an adapted screenplay nomination for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and song writers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman were nominated for the score of Mary Poppins Returns.

Both movies feature in the Best Original Song category, with Mr Shaiman and Mr Wittman listed for  The Place Where Lost Things Go and  Tim Blake Nelson for co-writing When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Mark Ronson also gets a co-writing nomination for Shallow from A Star is Born.

Another shortlisted song, I’ll Fight, comes from RBG, the bio-pic of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the film itself is nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

There was nothing, however, for Three Identical Strangers, Tim Wardle’s extraordinary story of triplets separated at birth, which many had assumed would be a shoo-in.

Israeli film-maker Guy Lattiv was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film for his first American feature film, Skin.  The film, starring Jamie Bell, is about a white supremacist who turns his back on hatred and violence.

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