Jewish Talent Shines on the Oscars Red Carpet

When hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway spun a dreidel on stage, and mentioned Franco's proud Jewish grandmother in the audience, it was clear that the Oscars would be a good night for Jewish talent.

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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.

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. Credit: AP

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 Kings 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.


Natalie Portman arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Feb. 27, 2011.Credit: AP