2018 Oscars Nominations Are In!

Here are the Jews up for Hollywood’s highest honor.

Yesterday we got the Razzie nominations for the worst movies of 2017. Today, we got the Oscar nominations for the best movies of 2017, announced by actors Andy Serkis and Tiffany Haddish.The 90th ceremony based around Hollywood’s most esteemed prize will be held on March 4 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Until then, we can only predict who will take home the trophies. Guillermo del Toro's urban fairy tale “The Shape of Water” leads the pack with a staggering 13 nominations that include Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture.

Unfortunately, Israel’s submission for Best Foreign Film, “Foxtrot,” did not get a nomination while James Franco was completely snubbed for his work on “The Disaster Artists” which he directed and starred in. Some have attributed this to allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the actor after the Golden Globes, but it’s possible that the Academy votes were already tallied before the controversy.

And among all the nominees are Jewish filmmakers, actors, and projects alike just waiting to take home the Oscar gold. Here are all the Semitic contenders at this year’s Academy Awards…

Call Me by Your “Shem”

Sony Pictures Classics

The story of a young Jewish boy (Timothée Chalamet) who falls in love with his father’s male research assistant (Armie Hammer) in Italy during the 1980s nabbed four nominations for Actor in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song (“Mystery of Love”), and Best Picture.

“Call Me by Your Name” not only features Jews in its plot, but stars two Jewish actors. Chalamet was born to a Jewish mother who is of Russian and Austrian descent. The actor who plays Chalamet’s father, Michael Stuhlbarg, was raised in a Reform home.

Daniel Day-“Jewish”

Focus Features

In what is probably his last on-screen role (he announced his retirement from acting last year), character-actor Daniel Day-Lewis was nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread.” Jewish on his mother’s side (her ancestors were Latvian immigrants who moved to England in the 1800s), Lewis has already three Oscars under his belt for “My Left Foot,” “There Will Be Blood,” and “Lincoln.”

Spielberg stops the presses

20th Century Fox

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” was nominated for two Oscars, one for Best Actress (Meryl Streep) and Best Picture. The director’s timely film about the freedom of the press has a pretty good shot at winning given the political climate in America during the era of fake news.

“Jewsic” to our ears


20th Century Fox

Two Jewish music writers feature among this year’s nominees: Hans Zimmer for Best Original Score (“Dunkirk”) and Benj Pasek—along with Justin Paul for Best Original Song (“This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”). Zimmer has a prolific and instrumental presence in the entertainment industry. He previously won the Oscar for Best Original Score in “The Lion King,” and Pasek won at last year’s ceremony for “City of Stars” in Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.”

The Shape of “Vaser”

Fox Searchlight


There’s more Judaism to del Toro’s Cold War fairy tale than meets the eye. For one thing, it stars Michael Stuhlbarg as a subversive Soviet agent working in an American laboratory during the early 1960s. For another, Israel plays a big part in the movie’s plot when the main characters decide to free the fish creature from the lab. To disable the electricity, Stuhlbarg’s character uses an “Israeli Popper,” a small explosive device that can burn through metal. Upon finding the remnants of the Popper, the film’s villain (played by Michael Shannon) remarks, “The Russians hate the Jews but they can't get enough of their gadgets.”

For the full list of Oscar nominees, click HERE.

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