won two Oscars for Titanic (Best Song and Best
Score). His late father, Harry Horner, an Austrian
immigrant, won two Oscars for art direction.
Competing with Horner in the Best Score cate-
gory are Howard Shore, Danny Elfman and
Shore is nominated for Lord of the Rings: The Return
of the King (he's also up for Best Song as the co-writer
of "Into the West"). Shore, who attended Jewish sum-
From his fights with nosy reporters in the 1980s to
mer camp in Canada with Lorne Michaels, the cre-
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has remained a controversial figure. But there's no ques- ator of Saturday Night Live, was the first musical direc-
tor of SNL. He won the 2001
tion he is a great actor now at the top of his game.
he Oscars will be handed out a month
Oscar for Best Score for the
Penn, who already won the Golden Globe for
earlier than usual this year — on
first film of the Rings trilogy.
Mystic River, in which he plays a man imbued with
Sunday, Feb. 29. But unlike previous
Elfman, 50, who is
years, it's a fairly thin roster in terms of
as being of "Russian-
Jewish Oscar nominees.
Polish Jewish" background in a
daughter), easily could haiie snared another Oscar
The good news is that Billy Crystal is back host-
Village Voice profile, started as
nomination for his role in 21 Grams.
ing the show after a three-year hiatus.
avant-garde rock musician,
Competing with Penn for the Best Actor Oscar is
Crystal recently told the Toronto Star he missed a
in the band Oingo-
great comic moment the year Schindler's List won.
Sitting at home watching the ceremonies, he said he
-;couldn't believe it when a woman named Ewa (pro-
parent, but there aren't many actors who've
nounced Eva) Braun won the first Oscar the film
amassed such a record of bravura performances as a
received that evening, for set direction.
He added, "I sat there and went, 'Oh,
This year, he is nominated for his score for Burton's
no. This can't be possible.' I had a million
Fish. His previous nominations were for his scores
lines flying through my head." (Eva Braun
in Black and Good Will Hunting.
of course, is Itzhak
also was the name of Hitler's mistress.)
48, who is nominated for his score for
Stern in Schindler's
This Oscar season is memorable as the
(his seventh nomination), is the son
year in which the non-Jewish Clint
composer Alfred Newman, the
Eastwood uttered the most surprising
Newman's uncles were corn-
"Oscar-related Jewish remark" since the
Newman. Composer Randy
Wiesenthal in a
(non-Jewish) Bob Hope said, "Oscar time,
1989 TV film;
or as it is known in my house: Passover."
Randy Newman's father, who was &doctor, was
Eastwood, who directed the Best Picture
only one of the Newman brothers to marry a
nominated Mystic River, was interviewed in
woman and, according to a recent profile of
the Jan. 23 issue of USA Weekend, just
his uncles' children were all raised in their
before the Oscar nominations were
Anne's father, in
47, is nominated for Best Adapted
the 2001 ABC
When asked about the possibility of
Seabiscuit, which he also directed.
nominations for his flick, he responded,
including Ross, are nomi-
The reporter retorted, "Pardon?"
fanatic, and his not-
in the film Bugsy.
Eastwood said, "That's a Jewish expres-
a trip to Santa Anita
In 2001, the
sion meaning 'Don't talk about it. It's bad
Vadim Perelman's "House of Sand and Fog,"
This is Ross' third
his directorial debut, is up for three Oscars. Jewish Journal of
luck.' Eastwood then laughed.
he was nomi-
("Kineahora" — USA Weekend's spelling of
the Yiddish term — usually translates as "May the
son of an Indian physician and an English
evil eye stay away.")
fashion model whose parentage was partly
high school as cinematographer John
Russian Jewish. Born out-of-wedlock, his
Schwartzman, whom he tapped for
Feature Film Nominees
mother was loath to speak of her background.
Seabi suit. Nominated for Best
The evil eye did keep away from Mystic River — it
for his work on the
received six Oscar nominations, including Best
is the son of the late
Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, for Sean Penn. tary that placed him in a state of 'deep,
Penn, 43, is the son of the late Leo Penn, a Jewish physical shock,' he said. Kingsley was only
credited the time
9, but he knew that someday he 'wanted to
actor and director who died in 1998. Leo's movie
acting career was cut-off in the late 1940s when he
was blacklisted. He kept busy as a stage actor and
turned to directing in the late '50s. He established
After his parents divorced, John's
immigrant Vadim Perelman (lie also co-
himself as a top TV director in the late '60s.
married non-Jewish actress Talia
wrote the film, but is not nominated in
Sean's mother, actress Eileen Ryan, was born a
director Francis Ford Coppola's
either category). Perelman, long a successful
Catholic. According to one of Sean's brothers, the
John credits Coppola as an
Penn kids were "raised secular."
important mentor. John's younger half-brother is
The film's Oscar-nominated music is by Jewish
composer James Homer, 50, who is up for Best Score. actor Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), who said in
Nate Bloom is the editor ofwww.jewhoo.com.
an interview that while his father was Jewish, he
This is Horner's sixth Oscar nomination. He
For your Sunday evening viewing pleasure, we round
up the Jewish nominees in the race for this year's Academy Awards.