“La La Land” Jewish producer Jordan Horowitz, who made news after he announced Sunday night’s massive Academy Awards flub, got a touching shout-out from his summer camp.
In case you missed #EnvelopeGate, midway through the cast and crew of “La La Land” accepting the Best Picture award, Horowitz took to the microphone to explain that there had been a mix-up and “Moonlight” was the actual winner.
“There’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture. This is not a joke,” Horowitz said, holding up the correct winning card.
Shortly after, Horowitz received some kind words from Camp Takajo, his childhood summer camp, on Facebook.
“Camp Takajo is proud of our alumnus Jordan Horowitz for his public display of sportsmanship, integrity, honesty and magnanimity at last night’s Oscars! Camp Takajo’s arch ideals are exemplified in Jordan’s character,” the post read.
The camp, based in Naples, Maine, was founded in 1947 by Morty Goldman. Alumni commented on the Facebook post, reiterating their admiration for Horowitz, while taking a trip down memory lane.
“Wow! Not only is Jordan Horowitz a Takajo alum—and a great example of the Arch ideals…but I learned today that he is also a Northwestern alum—the same university that my fellow bunkmates Rich,” one former camper wrote.
The producer later commented on the award mix-up, saying his heart was “a little broken.”
“I’m a little shaken about it. It’s disappointing, but … I love that those guys got their moment and I love that I got to give it to them,” Horowitz said.
There was plenty of glitz, tears and jaw dropping awkwardness (yikes with the “Moonlight” best picture mix up!) to go around during Sunday’s Academy Awards show.
From a Ivanka Trump dig to a JCC shout-out, we pulled together the best Jewish moments of the night.
1) Host Jimmy Kimmel ribbed President Trump for his claim that Meryl Streep is “overrated,” by listing all of her many, many “lackluster” accomplishments. He finished off his bit by asking Streep: “Nice dress by the way – is that an Ivanka?”
2) Mel Gibson’s film “Hacksaw Ridge” may have been up for a slew of nominations, but that didn’t stop Kimmel from pointing out the director’s history of racist, anti-Semitic comments. When “Hacksaw Ridge” star Vince Vaughn came on stage, Kimmel said of the actor: “Our next presenter is one of the stars of Hacksaw Ridge, which is nominated for Best Picture. It is the story of the conscientious objector who decides to work with Mel Gibson anyway.”
3) Seth Rogen and Michael J. Fox stepped out of a DeLorean together, and then sang ‘The Schuyler Sisters’ from Hamilton. Enough said.
Oh and P.S., Lin-Manuel Miranda was LOVING it.
4) Natalie Portman might not have been able to make the ceremony because of her baby’s due date but she did make an appearance in a segment that took on internet trolls. Portman, along with a slew of other A-listers, read aloud the worst tweets they’ve gotten.
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Natalie Portman and more star in Mean Tweets: #Oscars edition. pic.twitter.com/5NHHvxuT3D— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 27, 2017
5) When Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul picked up the best original song award for La La Land’s “City of Stars,” Pasek had a very special message for his mother. “She let me quit the JCC soccer team to be in a school musical,” he said. “So this is dedicated to all the kids who sing and write and all the moms who let them!”
6) Sara Bareilles sang a stunning version of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” during the “In Memoriam” segment. Carrie Fisher, Gene Wilder and Anton Yelchin were among those honored.
Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher close the In Memoriam tribute at the #Oscars. pic.twitter.com/vVDpageplg— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 27, 2017
7) In the night’s most insane mix-up, “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz took to the microphone after realizing that his film had been incorrectly credited for winning best picture.
“This is not a joke,” Horowitz said. “Moonlight has won best picture.”
Watch the chaos unfold below:
It’s the last weekend of February, and the countdown until spring will pass faster with the aid of great culture. Start with some excellent recent reads. In longform, have your breath taken away by Kathryn Schulz’s exploration of loss in The New Yorker; in Harper’s, follow self-proclaimed “queer, Jewish, anti-Putin” journalist Masha Gessen through the annual conference, in Georgia, of an organization devoted to promoting nuclear families rooted in heterosexual marriage; and linger over former NHL star Corey Hirsch’s moving account of coping with mental illness as a professional athlete in The Player’s Tribune.
After a week in which the Muslim community, led by Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi, raised over $100,000 to help repair the St. Louis Jewish cemetery desecrated this past weekend, take a moment as well to understand the difficulties members of that community are facing in the current moment. A great place to start? Rumana Ahmed’s essay in The Atlantic about her experience as a Muslim in President Trump’s White House, where she recently left her position on the National Security Council.
The Oscars this Sunday are, of course, a can’t-miss; watch to see if Natalie Portman snags the award for Best Actress, or Andrew Garfield walks away with the prize for Best Actor. In a contentious Oscars race — will “La La Land” sweep, or will the critically-heralded “Moonlight” take Best Picture? — prepare for the big night with the Forward’s coverage of the films in contention, including “Jackie,” “Loving,” “The Salesman,” and “Silence.” Also in film, if you have a taste for horror, look to Jordan Peele’s recently released “Get Out,” produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhaus, which has debuted to critical acclaim.
In New York, in addition to looking into one of the many Jewish-interest plays we recommended last weekend, check out one of a number of talks and lectures around town. Musician and actor Lenny Kravitz will give a New York Times TimesTalk on Friday; that same evening, the Strand will host a discussion of the merits and flaws of how Amazon’s “Transparent” explores the gender transition of its lead character, Maura. On Sunday, Wolf Blitzer will appear at the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, and on Monday, Israeli novelist David Grossman will appear in conversation with Nicole Krauss at the 92nd Street Y.
In Washington, D.C., spend Sunday afternoon at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, where the Jewish Plays Project will perform three finalists for their award for Best Jewish Play of 2017; the audience will vote to determine the winner. If that’s not quite to your taste, stop by the Writer’s Center instead for the a reading and art opening from The Deaf Poets Society, a recently-launched online journal headed by Sara Katz.
In Chicago, start your weekend at Temple Beth-Israel on Saturday night with a performance from a cappella group “The Cat’s Pajamas.” (The event includes dinner.) On Sunday, head to Temple Jeremiah for a performance of “Freedom Song,” a musical “about addiction and recovery in the Jewish community” performed by people in recovery at Beit T’Shuvah, a drug treatment facility whose staff and residents created the musical. Also on Sunday, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center will host a performance of music from the Theresienstadt concentration camp; they will also be displaying art created in the camp.
Last but not least, in Los Angeles, make time to see choreographer and dancer Lionel Popkin’s “Inflatable Trio” at the Skirball Cultural Center. And if star-spotting is one of your pleasures, join the crowds hanging out around the Dolby Theater on Sunday afternoon. Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of Portman or Garfield as they head in for their big night.
Fill out your Oscars ballot and get the snacks ready. The Academy Awards airs Sunday at 5:30PM PST/8:30PM EST, and it’s sure to be jam-packed with droolworthy outfits, emotional acceptance speeches and (perhaps more so now than ever) heated political commentary.
From Natalie Portman’s take on Jackie Kennedy to a documentary short about a Holocaust survivor and his violin, we pulled together a guide of all the nominated Jews to watch out for.
Actress in a leading role:
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Actor in a leading role
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Music (Original Song)
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” La La Land. Music by Justin Hurwitz.
“City Of Stars,” La La Land. Music by Justin Hurwitz.
Documentary (Short Subject)
Not everyone was happy to see the return of Ali G during Sunday’s Oscars telecast.
Sacha Baron Cohen revealed that the Academy wanted him to present alongside Olivia Wilde as himself and not any of his characters. Well, the British comedian was not having any of that. With the help of wife Isla Fisher, who snuck in Cohen’s Ali G costume and helped him put it on in the disabled toilet stall, Cohen delivered some of the funniest lines of the evening.
But it’s okay, he got the blessings of the host beforehand. “I mean there were a few moments I was a bit worried how they’d react to the first gag,” Cohen told ITV. “But I bumped into Chris Rock actually on the way on and pitched him the gag and he gave me the thumbs up so I went for it.”
This is not the first time Cohen has gotten himself in hot water at the Academy Awards. While promoting “The Dictator” in 2012, Cohen showed up as Admiral General Aladeen, “accidentally” spilling Kim Jong-Il’s supposed ashes all over a not-so-happy Ryan Seacrest.
The Academy might be livid with Cohen but we can never get enough Ali G. Booyakasha!
Watch the video here:
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