Seth MacFarlane, an Oscars host only a 12-year-old boy could love, chose to sing a puerile (and insulting) song listing the actresses whose mammary glands he gleefully got to see this past year at the movies.
You know, I’ve had it. In today’s culture, either women’s bodies are sexualized to the point that none of us can feel sexy, or they are derided as objects of fun. In any case, enough is really more than enough. Read the rest of this entry →
Lo and behold, the Oscars are this Sunday, and even before anyone has hit the red carpet, the drama has already begun.
Word has it that Jewish dad/famous actor Sacha Baron Cohen has been BANNED from attending. Even though Cohen is a member of the Academy and had a starring role in Hugo, one of the Best Picture Nominees, his tendency for red carpet “shenanigans” has warranted him a pretty serious threat from the Academy: “Unless they’re assured that nothing entertaining is going to happen on the Red Carpet, the Academy is not admitting Sacha Baron Cohen to the show.”
Entertainment at the Oscars? God forbid! Read the rest of this entry →
All the Jewish celebrity Oscar-winning parent gossip you (n)ever wanted to know
We were excited when they were nominated, and we’re even more excited now that a handful of Jewish parents took home Oscars at the 83rd annual Academy Awards this past Sunday night. Such talent! Such beauty! I’m kvelling!
Here’s a recap of some of the evening’s winners:
- Natalie Portman. We may have seen it coming, but we’re still very proud that our favorite Israeli-born mother-to-be took home the Oscar for best actress in a leading role for her performance in Black Swan. The gold statue will make for some great decor in little Pierre Shlomo’s nursery.
- Lee Unkrich. Mr. Unkrich won the Oscar for animated feature film for Toy Story 3. The father of three reportedly bounces ideas off of his kids for storyboards, and employed his daughter Hannah as the voice of Molly in the Toy Story movies.
- Randy Newman. Toy Story 3 also did well in the music department, with Randy Newman winning best original song for his tune “We Belong Together”. It’s the singer-songwriter’s second Academy Award, and will fit in nicely with his three Emmy’s and five Grammy’s.
- Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for The Social Network, which tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the Jewish parent of Facebook.
- David Seidler. Seidler was the winner of best original screenplay for The King’s Speech. Seidler’s grandparents were killed in the Holocaust, and it was when his family relocated from London to Long Island as a small boy that he developed the stammer that would eventually inspire him to write the movie based off King George VI, a fellow stutterer.
The Oscar Nominations have just been announced, and I was happy to spot a good number of Jewish names on the list. And even better than that, there were several Jewish parents (and parents-to-be) on the list, as well. It surely isn’t easy to be a working parent, so getting nominated for the most prestigious acting award in the world certainly deserves a few pats on the back. So, without further ado, a few pats on the back and congratulations to the following nominees:
- Natalie Portman. Learning that Natalie was nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Black Swan was sort of a “duh” moment, but we’re kvelling, nonetheless. The freshly-engaged expectant mother would be the first Israeli-born actress to win the award, and who knows, maybe if it’s a boy, she can name the kid Oscar. (Got a better idea? The deadline for our Name Natalie Portman Baby’s Contest is fast approaching!)
- Helena Bonham Carter. The English actress who comes from a wide range of international Jews was nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in The King’s Speech. Helena has mentioned taking parenting classes in the past to become a better mother, but she clearly doesn’t need any further education in acting.
- The Coen Brothers. My absolute favorite pair of Jewish film-making brothers have been nominated (along with fellow Jew, Scott Rudin) for Directing and Writing (Adapted Screenplay) for their remake of the classic Western, True Grit, which was also nominated for Best Picture. Joel and his wife, actress Francis McDormand, have one adopted son from Paraguay, Pedro McDormand Coen.
- Aaron Sorkin. Jews prove to make some of the best writers, and Aaron Sorkin did not fail to deliver with his screenplay for The Social Network, which was also nominated for Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Sorkin and his ex-wife have an 11-year-old daughter, Roxy, who I just tried to find on Facebook to no avail.
- Hailee Steinfeld. Ok, so the 14-year-old who is up for Actress in a Supporting Role for True Grit is NOT a Jewish parent, but she does have a Jewish parent who is no doubt beaming with pride right about now. The teen has been acting since age 8, and her sudden star-status has not only landed her the Oscar nomination but the chance to present with Justin Bieber at the Golden Globes a few weeks ago, which to me seems like punishment but to her was probably pretty cool.