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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