‘Son of Saul’ nominated for best foreign language Oscar

Géza Röhrig as Saul in “Son of Saul.” (Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Géza Röhrig as Saul in “Son of Saul.” (Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

(JTA) – The Hungarian Holocaust film “Son of Saul” was nominated for the best foreign film Academy Award.

The announcement was made early Thursday morning in a ceremony in Los Angeles.

“Son of Saul,” which tells the story of a Jewish concentration camp inmate forced to help cremate his fellow prisoners, won the Golden Globe for best foreign language film earlier this week.

Other Jewish Oscar nominees include Steven Spielberg, producer and director of “Bridge of Spies,” which made the shortlist for best picture. The film, which tells the story of a Cold War prisoner exchange, is based on a screenplay by filmmaker brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.

Also in the running is Israel-born producer Arnon Milchan, whose Leonardo di Caprio thriller “The Revenant” is also in contention for best picture.

Jennifer Jason Leigh was nominated as best supporting actress for her role in the “The Hateful Eight,” about eight strangers seeking refuge from a blizzard during the American Civil War.

The documentary “Amy,” about the British Jewish singer Amy Winehouse,” was nominated for best documentary.

“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah,”about the director of the epic Holocaust documentary “Shoah,” was nominated for best documentary short.

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 28.

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