Oscars, Anne Hathaway, James Franco
Show hosts Anne Hathaway, left, and James Franco are seen during the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Photo by AP
Natalie Portman arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Feb. 27, 2011. Photo by AP

From the start of the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, it was clear the Oscars would be a good night for the Jewish talent.

During a brief moment of the opening montage of the ceremony, Franco and co-host Anne Hathaway also played with a dreidel, which proved to be a good omen that a good night awaited Jewish talent.

Among the top winners, Portman, beaming and proudly pregnant, walked off with the best-actress trophy for her portrayal of a tortured ballerina in “Black Swan.”

“The King’s Speech” was named best picture, and Emile Sherman, scion of a prominent Australian Jewish family, accepted as one of the three producers, and Danish director-writer Susanne Bier, who studied for two years at the Hebrew University and the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, took the best foreign-language film statuette for “In a Better World,” a story of conflicted family relationship.

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