While Oscar viewers weren’t treated to Jewish wins last night for any of the acting categories, there was still plenty of J-Connected fun to be had at the 86th Academy Awards.
Perhaps the biggest Jewish coup of the evening was in the short documentary category, which saw “The Lady in Number 6: How Music Saved My Life” win a statuette. The film chronicles the story of the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor.
Jewish screenwriter Spike Jonze also had a banner night, winning Best Original Screenplay for “Her.” And Israeli-American producer Arnon Milchan won big with “12 Years a Slave,” while Jewish-Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki walked away with a statuette for “Gravity.”
Aside from Oscar wins, two of our favorite Jewish songstresses had big Academy Award moments last evening. Bette Midler took to the stage for a stirring rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings” during the In Memoriam section of the program, and Idina Menzel performed “Let It Go” from the breakout hit “Frozen.” The tune took home Best Original Song.
Mazel to all of last night’s winners!
J-Connection: Spike Jonze, Arnon Milchan, Emmanuel Lubezki, Bette Midler and Idina Menzel are all Jewish.