'Footnote Hopes to Become First Israeli Film to Scoop Oscar

Israeli film directed by Joseph Cedar, nominated in 2008 for his film Beaufort,' goes head-to–head with Iranian director Asghar Farhadis The Separation in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The team behind "Footnote," the Israeli film that has been nominated for an Oscar award in the Best Foreign Language Film category, spent the weekend at a number of events hosted in Los Angeles in the run-up to the Oscars ceremony on Sunday.

The films director, Joseph Cedar, who also directed "Beaufort", which was nominated in the same category in 2008, attended an event for films nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film category on Thursday.

Joseph Cedar, director of the Oscar-nominated Israeli film 'Footnote.'
Mario Anzuoni, Reuters

Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director whose film "A Separation" is also up for nomination, did not attend. The American Academy of Motion Pictures said that he did not attend because he was not feeling well. However, shortly afterwards he did attend a cocktail party organized for best foreign film nominees, entering the venue through the back door.

"Footnote" deals with the rivalry between a father and son, both Talmud scholars at Hebrew University. The movie stars Shlomo Bar'aba, Lior Ashkenazi and Alma Zack.

Footnote is one of five films nominated in the category. Other films nominated in the category are: "A Separation" (Iran), "Bullhead" (Belgium), "Monsieur Lazhar" (Canada), and "In Darkness" (Poland), with the Iranian and Canadian offerings both favorites to win.

This is the fourth time in the last five years (and the tenth ever) that an Israeli film has succeeded in being included among the five nominees of the prestigious prize. If Cedar wins this year, Footnote would be the first Israeli film to win the prize.

At Saturdays 27th Annual Independent Spirit Awards, Footnote did not win the best screenplay award that it was nominated for. The winners were Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash for The Descendants.

Meanwhile, at the 37th Annual Cesar Awards Ceremony that took place on Friday, the silent film The Artist, directed by Michel Hazanavicius came out as the big winner, bagging a total of six awards from the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Technique. 

"The Artist" is nominated for a total of ten categories in this years Oscars, including Best Film, along with "The Descendants," "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close", "The Help", "Hugo", "Midnight In Paris", "Moneyball", "The Tree of Life" and "War Horse.

Winners of the 84th annual Oscars will be announced at a Feb. 26 ceremony at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.