Israeli Director Wins Oscar For ‘Skin’
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Israeli Director Wins Oscar For ‘Skin’

L-R: Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman, winners of Best Live Action Short Film for 'Skin,' pose in the press room during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Getty Images
L-R: Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman, winners of Best Live Action Short Film for 'Skin,' pose in the press room during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Getty Images

JTA – An Israeli director won the best live action short Oscar award Sunday night, and cited the Holocaust in his acceptance speech.

“I moved here 5 years ago from Israel — laila tov Yisrael [good evening Israel],” said Guy Nattiv, accepting the award for his short “Skin.” “My grandparents are Holocaust survivors. The bigotry that they experienced in the Holocaust, we see that everywhere today, in America, in Europe. This film is about education, about teaching your kids a better way.”

Other Jewish nominees failed to take home Oscar trophies — including Rachel Weisz, up for supporting actress for her work in “The Favourite,” and the Coen brothers, whose script for “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” was up for best adapted screenplay.

But “BlacKkKlansman,” co-written by Jewish writers Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz (along with Kevin Willmott and director Spike Lee), won the best adapted screenplay award. The film centers on the first African-American cop in the Colorado Springs police force, who teams up with a Jewish detective to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan.

Barbra Streisand gave a passionate introduction for the video summarizing “BlacKkKlansman,” and noted that after she first praised the film on Twitter, she and Lee had an “easy” conversation about it, due to the fact that they both hail from Brooklyn.

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