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Rachel leads Oscar Jews

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2006-01-31

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz

It could be a big year for Jewish talent at the Oscars if the nominations, revealed on Tuesday, are anything to go by. Leading the pack is British Jewish actress Rachel Weisz, who's landed a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in the political thriller The Constant Gardener.

It could be a big year for Jewish talent at the Oscars if the nominations, revealed on Tuesday, are anything to go by.

Leading the pack is British Jewish actress Rachel Weisz, who's landed a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in the political thriller The Constant Gardener. Having recently won Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, the pregnant star is one of the front-runners in her category.

It's also been a good year for Steven Spielberg, whose film Munich has been nominated for Best Picture – while he is shortlisted for Best Director. Munich, which opened in the UK last Friday, follows the events after the Munich Olympics of 1972, at which 11 Israeli athletes were held hostage and murdered by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September.

Meanwhile, veteran filmmaker Woody Allen has also scored another nomination. He's competing for Best Original Screenplay for his most recent film Match Point, a London-set thriller starring Scarlett Johansson. The Best Adaptated Screenplay category sees a nomination for actor-turned-screenwriter Dan Futterman for his work on the biopic Capote.

Other kosher nominees include actor David Strathairn, who's in the running for Best Actor for Good Night And Good Luck, and Jake Gyllenhaal, who's snapped up a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Brokeback Mountain. And in the Foreign Film category, recent Golden Globe winner Paradise Now – about a pair of Palestinian suicide bombers – will compete against Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, a drama about a woman who was in the resistance movement in Nazi Germany.

The awards will be handed out in Hollywood on March 5.