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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

Oscars 2021: Jewish nominees (nearly) strike out

Gabe FriedmanPublished 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 LightPublished 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...

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The top 3 Jewish Oscar-winning performances of all time

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish LightPublished 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...

A handful of the many Jewish Oscar nominees include (Top Row) from left to right, actor Joaquin Phoenix, writers and directors, Sam Mendes, Taika Waitti and Noah Baumbach. (Second Row) Musician Diane Warren and best film nominees, from left to right, James Mangold, Amy Pascal and David Heyman.  

Jewish nominees abound in main Oscar categories

BY NATE BLOOM, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished January 30, 2020

Stars of David — Jewish CelebritiesThe Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, Feb. 9 (ABC; starts at 7 p.m.). Again this year there will be no host.This is an unusual year in that there are more Jewish nominees than usual in the “marquee”...

Some critics thought Adam Sandler would at least be a contender for best actor for his performance in Uncut Gems. Photo: Julieta Cervantes, courtesy of A24

Oscars 2020 nominations: Scarlett Johansson enters elite company, Adam Sandler snubbed

Gabe FriedmanPublished January 13, 2020

(JTA) — The 2020 Oscar nominations are out, and unsurprisingly, they’re already causing a firestorm on social media.The list, announced early Monday morning, didn’t do much to quell longstanding concerns that the awards have issues with race and...

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