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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Sacha Baron Cohen poses in humorous fashion for a photo during a screening of the Oscars in Sydney, Australia, April 25, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Rick Rycroft/ Pool/Getty Images)

Oscars 2021: Jewish nominees (nearly) strike out

Gabe Friedman April 25, 2021

(JTA) — It was an unusual Academy Awards in several ways. Forced to adapt to social distancing protocols, the ceremony was split into different venues but mostly took place in Los Angeles’ Union Station. For only the second time in history,...

The Color of Money

Looking back at the Jewish Oscar sweep of 1986, and predicting Sunday’s big winners

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light April 23, 2021

The year 1986 was not only a very good year at the movies, it also was a very good year for Jewish talent in the movies. Both the Best Actor and Best Actress awards went to Jewish people on that fateful Oscar night. Paul Newman took home the coveted...

As Good As It Gets — Sony Pictures Motions Pictures Entertainment Group

The top 3 Jewish Oscar-winning performances of all time

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light April 22, 2021

The year 1929 may be known to many as the year the Great Depression settled in but for Jewish movie fans, it represents the first breakthrough. Norma Shearer won the Best Actress Oscar for "The Divorcee" that year. Six years later, Paul Muni would become...

Jordan Chervitz shoots a short film in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of Jordan Chervitz.

Young filmmakers discuss Judaism’s impact on their work

BY ETHAN FINE, FRESHMAN, EUREKA high school February 8, 2017

The Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, are an annual awards show for actors, actresses, screenwriters, filmmakers, and all others involved in the filmmaking industry. Many of the nominees typically are Jewish.How can teen filmmakers reach this...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is author of 10 books on international and American politics, including the forthcoming “New Warfare:  Rethinking Rules for An Unruly World.”  In addition to teaching courses in international politics, international organization and law, and U.S. foreign policy, he has served as chair of the Political Science Dept. at UM-St. Louis.

Movies themselves belie Hollywood’s race problem

By Marty Rochester March 9, 2016

Another Academy Awards season is over. I am always struck by how the film industry has no shame. Dozens of Oscar presenters or award winners predictably trot onto the stage to utter liberal pieties about inequality, Wall Street greed and other sins of...

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