Hollywood, Oscars and the Jews

By Sophie Taylor

This morning’s Oscar nominations did no favors to anyone hoping to dispel the myth that Jews control Hollywood. In the nine most prominent categories, all but one (supporting actor) included at least one Jewish Hollywood player; Jews represented nearly a quarter of the nominees in those categories.

The idea that Jews run Hollywood is as popular as the notion that they control finance or the media.  After CNN’s Rick Sanchez made comments in October implying that Jews control the media, Slate‘s Brian Palmer decided to look into Sanchez’ claims and discovered that while none of the major news stations are Jewish-owned, Hollywood is, in fact, heavily Jewish—forty-five percent of The Guardian’s “Top Twenty Directors of All Time” are Jewish.

Of course, having a heavy presence in an industry is a far cry from the implications of “controlling” it; the latter implies some sort of cabal, monolithic whole, or conspiratorial agenda, while the former is merely a sociological phenomenon.

Below, find a list of this year’s Jewish Oscar nominees in the top categories.

Best Film:
Black Swan, produced by Mike Medavoy
The Fighter, produced by David Hoberman
True Grit, produced by Scott Rubin and the Coen Brothers

Best Lead Actor:
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)

Best Lead Actress:
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Best Supporting Actress:
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)

Best Directing:
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)

Adapted Screenplay:
Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)
Joel & Ethan Coen (True Grit)
Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone)

Original Screenplay:
David Seidler (The King’s Speech)
Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are Alright)
Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are Alright)

Achievement in Music-Original Song:
Alan Menken (Tangled)

For more Jews in film, read Moment’s compilation of Great Jewish Films.

10 responses to “Hollywood, Oscars and the Jews

  1. It’s great that Jews swept the Oscar nominations! I’m personally rooting for Black Swan’s directing and acting nominations.

  2. Get your facts right: James Franco is half-Jewish.

  3. Yeah, why do people keep skipping out on James Franco? Just like Hailee Steinfeld, he has a Jewish parent, except it’s his mother, so he’s a halachic Jew, unlike Steinfeld.

    Another halachic Jew nominated is Helena Bonham Carter.

  4. As to “heavy” Jewsih representation in Hollywood, one could say the same about Jewish winners of Nobel prizes in medicine, the sciences and the arts…

    • You do relise that judaism is a religion and many are not originally jews they actually converted to judaism. How can you generalise people like that. While you at it why don’t you segregate them into races, nations and also maybe hair colour. Seriously just how stupid are you!

  5. To add or possibly diffuse the confusion, check out the new category of Jews known as Hybrid Hebrews at: http://infauxtainment.com/?p=6320.

  6. H. Neal Glanville’s cousin is Jason Robards and he married to a Jewish woman Lauren Bacall. Robards is the only man to win two consecutive Oscars!

  7. H. Neal Glanville’s cousin is Jason Robards and he (Robards) married to a Jewish woman Lauren Bacall. Robards is the only man to win two consecutive Oscars!

  8. Wow talk about segregation!! Jews own Hollywood and they tend to hire only jews so this was expected i guess

  9. Only Jews win because only Jews are allowed opportunity in Jew run Hollywood. It is not because “Oh God Jews are SOOOO talented that ONLY Jews deserve Oscars”. Leo Dicaprio is the best actor of his generation and has NEVER won an oscar!? Similar to Johnny Depp, neither are Jews!

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