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.

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.

Oscars, Anne Hathaway, James Franco

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.