October 16, 1962 —
It's that time of the year: Oscar time! Or, as we call it, time to find well-hidden Jews among Oscar nominees. Yeah, it's a mouthful.
Somehow, the director category has recently been a breeding ground for these not-easily-spotted Jews. We're not talking about the Woodys, Spielbergs, Coens, and Aronofskys. We're talking about Michel Hazanavicius, winner in 2011, or three-time nominee, David O. Russell.
Take the last three years: 2014, Foxcatcher's Bennett Miller: potentially Irish? No, Jew. 2015, Room's Lenny Abrahamson: Irish-born Jew. 2016, Manchester by the Sea's Kenneth Lonergan: sounds Irish again... Half Irish American, but also Jewish!
Perhaps we should rename it: time to find well-hidden Irish Jews among Oscar directing nominees...
Now THAT'S a mouthful.
February 27, 2017