There are almost 8,000 people who are eligible to vote for this year's Academy Awards. But only one of them is a rabbi. So says two-time Oscar winner Rabbi Marvin Hier, who has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since he nabbed his first golden statue almost 40 years ago.
Visiting Jerusalem just a day before voting opened for the 2019 Academy Awards, slated for this Sunday in Los Angeles, Hier sat down with The Jerusalem Post to discuss Oscar voting, politics, and the long, storied connection between Hollywood and the Simon Wiesenthal Center he founded in 1977.
The 80-year-old Orthodox rabbi and product of the Lower East Side might not be your typical Oscars voter. But he takes the job seriously.
"All the academy members watch all of the films from beginning to end," Hier said. Or, at least they're supposed to. "It's not fair to do it - to watch a film for five minutes," he said. "In the interest of fairness, you have to watch [them all the way through]." Such a commitment can add up to a huge chunk of time, he said, which is why he's had to limit himself to certain categories: the documentary features and the general features.......
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It's so simple -- be a pestiferous supremacist rabbi, crank out propaganda, become an Oscar voter! Lecture heads of state! Hobnob with the most-worshiped "white" judas goats in the world! Rake in millions and millions of shekels guilt-tripping the entire PLANET!