Catching up with Members of the Tribe in the public eye. Names of Jews in the news are in boldface.
And the nominees are …
The Academy Awards ceremony broadcasts live Sun., Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. on ABC. There is an especially large number of Jewish nominees this year, so I can’t cover them all (like those in the technical categories). Consider this a “scorecard” for the marquee Oscar categories. This week: producers, writers, some directors and composers. Next week: actors and feature film directors.
Karen Goodman, 60, and her husband, Kirk Simon, also 60, are nominated for best documentary short subject for “Strangers No More.” The film is about a school in Tel Aviv that has students from 48 countries, many of whom are refugees from war. Goodman and Simon have been making acclaimed documentaries for 25 years, including quite a few for PBS.
Randy Newman, 67, has been nominated 20 times for best song or best score (winning once). This year he is up for the best song Oscar for “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3.” He competes with Alan Menken, 61, who’s been nominated 19 times and won six times. This year, Menken is nominated for writing the song “If I See the Light” from “Tangled.”
Nominated for best adapted screenplay are: Aaron Sorkin, 49 (“The Social Network”); Cleveland native Lee Unkrich, 43 (co-writer of “Toy Story 3,” which he also directed); Joel, 56, and Ethan Coen, 53 (“True Grit,” which they also directed); and Debra Granik, 48 (co-writer of “Winter’s Bone,” which she also directed). Up for best original screenplay honors are: Mike Leigh, 67 (“Another Year,” which he also directed); Cleveland native Stuart Blumberg, 41, and Lisa Cholodenko, 46 (“The Kids Are All Right,” which Cholodenko directed); David Seidler, 73 (“The King’s Speech”); and Scott Silver, 46 (co-writer of “The Fighter”).
Susanne Bier, 50, a Danish Jew, directed and co-wrote “In a Better Place,” a best foreign language film nominee.
The best picture Oscar goes to the film’s principal producers. Ten films are nominated for best picture. Here are the producers I’ve been able to confirm as Jewish: Mike Medavoy, 70 (“Black Swan”); former Clevelander Todd Lieberman, 38 (“The Fighter”); Jeffrey Hinte-Levy, 43 (“The Kids Are All Right”); Scott Rudin, 52, and the Coen brothers (“True Grit”); Scott Rudin, 52 (“The Social Network”); and Emile Sherman, 38 (“The King’s Speech”).