Britney Spears (Jewish Slut) said set to play first show in Israel

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Britney Spears will reportedly perform her first-ever show in Israel in the summer of 2017 as part of her upcoming world tour.

A date for the show has not yet been set, but according to Channel 2, the Princess of Pop will perform a one-night show in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park in early July.

The final date and ticket information would be announced by the production company in the coming days, the report said.

Shows scheduled for Israel did not appear on her website at the time of publication, nor was there mention of a trip to Israel on her social media feeds.

Local music producers have been working to bring Spears to Israel since last year, and rumors of a concert have been swirling in recent months.

Spears shot to international fame in the late 1990s with hits “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops!…I Did It Again.” She has sold more than 100 million albums and 100 million singles throughout her career.

Spears joins a star-studded lineup of musical artists and groups scheduled to perform in Israel over the summer including Justin Bieber, Aerosmith, Radiohead, Tears for Fears, Rod Stewart, Nick Cave and Gun N’ Roses.

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2013: TIGER IN THE TANK – Historians Find Body of German War Hero Kurt Knispel

The remains of German soldier regarded as the world’s greatest ever tank ace have been found in a grave the Czech Republic.

The remains of Kurt Knispel – who was the tank warfare equivalent of what the Red Baron was to flight – were found at the Moravian Museum in Vrbovec lying in an unmarked grave for German soldiers at a cemetery in Znojmo.

After completing his apprenticeship in an automobile factory in 1940, Knispel applied to join the armoured branch of the German Army and was sent in to battle aged 20 in 1941.

With 168 confirmed and 195 unconfirmed kills Knispel was by far the most successful tank ace of the Second World War, even knocking out a T-34 at 3,000 metres. He fought in virtually every type of German tank as loader, gunner and commander, and was awarded the Iron Cross, First Class, after destroying his fiftieth enemy tank and the Tank Assault Badge in Gold after more than 100 tank battles.

 

When Knispel had destroyed 126 enemy tanks (with another 20 unconfirmed kills), he was awarded the German Cross in Gold. He became the only non-commissioned officer of the German tank arm to be named in a Wehrmacht communique. As the commander of a Tiger I and then a Tiger II, Knispel destroyed another 42 enemy tanks.

Though he was recommended for it four times, Knispel never received the coveted Knight’s Cross, a standard award for most other World War II German tank aces. But he was not keen for honours, and when there were conflicting claims for a destroyed enemy tank, Knispel always stepped back, always willing to credit success to someone else.

He also had longer than allowed hair and a beard and a tattoo – the latter that was used to identify him when his body was found in an unmarked grave on the Czech-Austrian border.

Museum spokesman Eva Pankova said: “He was eventually identified by the a military tattoo on his neck.

“His remains will now be placed at the Central Cemetery of Honour.”

(War History Online)

Ex-Illuminati Member Confirms They FRAMED Bill Cosby With Fake Rape Allegations To Stop Him From Buying NBC

Ex-Illuminati member says Bill Cosby is under massive attack by the feared Illuminati. The vilest conceivable claims are being made against him. Who would want to operate under such a burden, especially a person in the public eye? The accusers are women who have worked with the Illuminati in the past and were paid to wildly state they are all victims of rape.

The spewers of this hate are all fabricators. Moreover, without exception they are suppose “victims” of Bill Cosby. Moreover, what extreme hate they are spewing, all under the guise of righteous indignation, all under the protection of the Illuminati who already control a large portion of the global media from the music industry to television.

It should be noted that Whoopi Goldberg has defended Mr. Cosby, asking for hard evidence of the claims. Few if any others have done so, upholding the false witnesses or at least showing sympathy, tolerating their claims. All these so called “victims are paid large amounts of money to make this wild and outrageous claims about Bill Cosby” say Ex-Illuminati member. Bu why? And why make this allegations now? Ex-Illuminati member tells says Bill Cosby, NBC’s biggest star of the 80’s, was trying to buy the television network from its current owner, the General Electric Company.

Norman Brokaw, the chief executive of the William Morris Agency and Mr. Cosby’s personal agent for 30 years, confirmed yesterday that he had discussed Mr. Cosby’s intention to make an offer for NBC with Robert C. Wright, the network’s president. Illuminati leader who control NBC would lose power of the television company if Bill Cosby purchased it the only way to stop the putchase was to ruin Bill Cosby and they started with fake rape allegations.

With no hard evidence the Illuminati had succeeded and destroyed Bill Cosby’s image. Only one woman has came forward a Wilhelmina Model and she admitted being paid to destroy Bill’s reputation.

Hollywood stars in Warsaw for Holocaust biopic set in zoo

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WARSAW, Poland (AFP) – Hollywood stars on Tuesday hit the red carpet in Warsaw for a gala screening of a film about a Polish couple who risked their lives to hide hundreds of Jews in a zoo during World War II.

Based on actual events, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” tells the story of then zoo director Jan Zabinski and his wife Antonina, who together saved nearly 300 people, mostly Jews smuggled out of the city’s ghetto, by providing them shelter in their villa basement.

Thankfully, the Nazi Germans occupying Poland never found out.

“Antonina and Jan were ordinary people who risked everything — their safety and the safety of their children — to save others. They fostered hope in a time that was so dark,” Oscar-nominated US actress Jessica Chastain, who plays Antonina, told reporters ahead of the screening.

She said it was exciting to play how Antonina, initially unsure of herself, “is left alone at the house and given all this responsibility for caring for all these people and to protect them she grows into herself.” By the end of the movie, she is an equal with her husband.

The nicest part, however, was working with the animals, Chastain said, recalling a “little game with apples” she played with a female elephant.

“I would hide the apples round the set and she, with the trunk, would come over and try to find the apples on me,” Chastain said. “That was the best part, playing the games with the animals.”

“What Jan and Antonina did was so extraordinary. But they did it for one very simple reason: because it was the right thing to do,” director Niki Caro, who was born in New Zealand, told reporters in the Polish capital.

Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust remembrance center later recognized the Zabinskis as Righteous Among the Nations, an award bestowed upon non-Jews who helped Jews during the Holocaust.

The movie, which hits theaters worldwide in late March, is based on a book of the same name by American author Diane Ackerman, who relied heavily on Antonina’s own memoirs from the 1960s.

It was shot in Prague, in the Czech Republic.

Caro said she never “really wanted to do a Holocaust movie, but this one was so different.”

“You know, most of our war movies are about men. But this is one that was about a woman and children and animals and all of those things interest me very much,” she said.

The Zabinskis did the “right thing,” risking their own lives and those of their two children, to “act, to stand up, to act out of the highest vision of ourselves,” the director said.

She said she would like to see more female heroes who are genuinely feminine and complex, rather than “Lara Croft guy-characters with sexy bodies.”

New Zealander film director Niki Caro, left, and US actress Jessica Chastain, who plays the main character, at a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw on March 7, 2017. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP)

New Zealander film director Niki Caro, left, and US actress Jessica Chastain, who plays the main character, at a press conference prior to the gala screening of “The Zookeeper’s Wife” in Warsaw on March 7, 2017. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP)

Secret tune

While her husband was out most days working with the Polish underground resistance, Antonina took care of their secret guests as well an eclectic collection of pets including a piglet, an otter and a badger.

Danger was ever present, as the Nazi Germans were constantly milling around the zoo. Helping Jews — even offering them a glass of water — was punishable by death in occupied Poland.

Whenever the Nazis approached, Antonina would warn her secret guests by playing a special tune on the piano and they would escape outside via a tunnel in the basement.

In this Monday, March 6, 2017 photo people walk past the house in which Jan Zabinski and wife Antonina lived during World War II at the Zoo in Warsaw, Poland, and where they saved some 300 Jews from the Nazi occupiers. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

In this Monday, March 6, 2017 photo people walk past the house in which Jan Zabinski and wife Antonina lived during World War II at the Zoo in Warsaw, Poland, and where they saved some 300 Jews from the Nazi occupiers. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Teresa Zabinska, the daughter of Jan and Antonina, said at the gala screening she was happy to see her parents bravery honored that way, especially her mother, who carried the brunt of the effort.

The movie also stars German actor Daniel Bruhl and Belgian-born Johan Heldenbergh, who along with Caro and Chastain said they would join a Warsaw march on Wednesday to mark International Women’s Day.

Six million European Jews died in the Nazi German genocide during World War II. All but two of the people hidden by the Zabinskis survived.

Iranian film hails demise of US Navy in imagined Gulf battle

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In a climactic battle at sea, an Iranian commander orders his forces to open fire on a much larger US fleet, obliterating it with a barrage of rockets, some of which tear American flags from their masts.

The scenario unfolds in “Battle of the Persian Gulf II,” a new Iranian animated film more than four years in the making that imagines a devastating response to an American attack on the country’s nuclear program.

It might have seemed out of date this time last year, when a nuclear accord reached with world powers had lifted sanctions and raised hopes for a broader rapprochement between Iran and the West.

But now tensions are rising again. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the nuclear deal, and his administration put Iran “on notice” last month after it tested a ballistic missile. Iranians were meanwhile angered over Trump’s travel ban, which temporarily barred their entry to the United States before it was blocked by the courts.

Director Farhad Azima says the timing of the film’s release is purely coincidental. The movie has begun showing in the city of Mashhad, where it was produced, and will open in other cities in the coming weeks.

The nearly 90-minute film, a sequel to a production about the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, begins with a US attack on an Iranian nuclear reactor. Washington has long warned it would take military action to prevent Iran from developing an atomic weapon, while Iran insists its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.

That sets up a showdown in the Persian Gulf, where the real-life US Navy has accused Iranian forces of harassing its vessels in recent months.

In the film, a character who closely resembles Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, leads a single vessel against more than a dozen American warships. When a US commander orders him to surrender or die, he replies: “General, I am not a diplomat, I am a revolutionary!”

In this Feb. 26, 2017 photo, Farhad Azima, the Iranian director and screenwriter of the animated film "Battle of the Persian Gulf II," gives an interview to The Associated Press, at his office, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

In this Feb. 26, 2017 photo, Farhad Azima, the Iranian director and screenwriter of the animated film “Battle of the Persian Gulf II,” gives an interview to The Associated Press, at his office, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

He warns that any American soldiers taking part in an attack on Iran “should order their coffins,” before his forces destroy the whole US fleet.

The US Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain and is responsible for naval operations in the Persian Gulf, declined to comment on the film when contacted by AP.

The real-life Soleimani has directed Iranian-backed forces in Syria, where they are aiding President Bashar Assad, and Iraq, where they are helping the government battle the Islamic State group. In recent years he has gained near-mythic status in Iran, where he is seen as resisting US hegemony in the region.

Azima says his film cost $250,000 to make, and that producers raised the funds from ordinary people. He said there was no government involvement in the project.

“This is a response to hundreds of (anti-Iranian) American movies and video games,” he said. “We are saying that if you fire one bullet against Iran, a rain of hot lead will be poured on your forces.”

Oprah for president? Winfrey rethinks a run after Trump win

Oprah 2020?

You can thank David Rubenstein for raising the question that we all want the answer to.

In the season 2 premiere of Bloomberg Television’s “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations,” the financier and philanthropist said to Oprah Winfrey that, given her popularity and given that there’s still a glass ceiling for the country’s highest office, she could run — and she could win.

The question, which drew applause from the audience, gave media mogul Winfrey pause.

“I never considered the question even a possibility,” she replied a moment later. “I just thought, ‘Oh. Oh.’ ”

The two then allude to President Donald Trump, who never held public office prior to his election.

Rubenstein: “It’s clear that you don’t need government experience to be elected president of the United States.”

“That’s what I thought,” Winfrey said. “I thought, ‘Oh gee, I don’t have the experience. I don’t know enough.’ And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh.’ ”

2 accountants banned from Oscars

The president of the film academy says the two accountants responsible for the best-picture flub at Sunday’s Academy Awards will never return to the Oscar show.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs tells the Associated Press that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ relationship with PwC, the accounting firm responsible for the integrity of the awards, remains under review.

PwC accountants Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were responsible for the winners’ envelopes at Sunday’s Oscar show. Cullinan tweeted a photo of Emma Stone from backstage minutes before handing presenters Warren Beatty and FayeDunaway the wrong envelope for best picture. Boone Isaacs said Cullinan’s distraction caused the error.

The academy also apologized to the Australian movie producer it incorrectly showed during the Oscars in memoriam reel.

In a statement Wednesday, the academy extended “our deepest apologies” to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the tribute instead of Chapman’s colleague and friend, the late Janet Patterson.

Chance the Rapper to join Essence Festival

Chance the Rapper is bringing his Grammy-winning music to the Essence Festival.

The rapper won three trophies at this year’s Grammy Awards including best new artist.

He is the latest performer to join the annual music event as a headliner. Others that were previously announced include Diana Ross, John Legend and Mary J. Blige.

Also Wednesday, Essence said that there will be a No Limit reunion of sorts as Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk will join Master P, who already was announced. The New Orleans unit was making hits in the 1990s and early 2000s.

The Essence Festival will be held June 30 to July 2 in New Orleans.

Lady Gaga to sub for Beyoncé

Lady Gaga is coming to Coachella.

The diva announced Tuesday she will be performing at the music festival for both weekends in April. Gaga will take the headlining spot that had been Beyoncé’s; pregnant with twins, the superstar announced last week that her doctors recommended she bow out. She rescheduled her performance for next year.

Gaga is set to launch her “Joanne” world tour this summer, so Coachella will be a warm-up for her of sorts.

Besides Gaga, other performers at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., include Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar.

‘Dancing’ competitors named

Mr. T, Simone Biles and Nancy Kerrigan are among the competitors for the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

ABC announced the cast for the 24th season of the reality competition on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.

Other cast members include former “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Kattan, current “Bachelor” Nick Viall and singer Charo. This season also marks the return of dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd after welcoming their first child together earlier this year.

Perry, Bloom breaking up

Pop star Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom are breaking up after about a year together.

Representatives for Perry and Bloom released a statement Wednesday saying the couple “are taking respectful, loving space at this time.”

Bloom’s film credits include “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He was previously married to supermodel Miranda Kerr. Perry is promoting her new single “Chained to the Rhythm” and has had hits with “I Kissed a Girl” and “California Gurls.”

Drake (Nigger Kike) and Jamie Foxx (Nigger) perform at flashy bar mitzvah that shocked the Netherlands

(JTA) — Dutch tabloids recently had to teach their readers an exotic and rarely seen term comprised of two words of ancient Hebrew: bar mitzvah.

The celebrities sections of the Telegraaf daily and the Het Parool were forced to explain the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony in reporting about one of the most extravagant private events held this year in Amsterdam: The 13th birthday party of Noah Nissan, which featured performances by the rapper Drake and the Hollywood star and singer Jamie Foxx. (The newspapers defined the occasion as a “worship ritual of spiritual maturation.”)

In a country where austerity is the norm due to centuries of Calvinist tradition, the late January event generated intense media interest. A host of other local and foreign stars — the Dutch comedian Najib Amhali and the DJ duo Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, to name a few — performed at the prestigious Amstel Hotel, which Noah’s father, the hotelier Sabah Nissan, rented out completely.

While ostentatious, multimillion-dollar bar and bat mitzvah parties are not out of place in the United States, France and even Russia, they are extremely rare in Holland, which is home to a low-profile Jewish community of approximately 40,000.

Editors at the lifestyle magazine Quote made little effort to disguise their culture shock, adding the word “bizarre” to a headline informing readers of the purpose for Foxx and Drake’s visit to Holland.

“Forget the inauguration of Donald J. Trump,” the article read. “The wackiest event this weekend took place at the Amstel Hotel.”

But Drake is used to performing at b’nai mitzvahs. The rapper, who poked fun at his black and Jewish ancestry in a 2014 “Saturday Night Live” sketch involving his own rite of passage ceremony, seemed perfectly at home on stage at the Amstel Hotel, where he performed the songs “Hotline Bling” and “One Dance” while wearing a winter coat.

According to the Algemeen Dagblad daily, Drake blew off his concert at the Ziggo Dome theater in Amsterdam for Noah’s party. But Sabah Nissan told Quote that the cancellation had nothing to do with Drake’s appearance at the family’s event — his sound equipment had simply arrived too late for the other show.

(Drake finally appeared at the Dome a week later. He was also spotted a day after the bar mitzvah having dinner at a Japanese restaurant in the Dutch capital with former porn star Rosee Divine, who fans love for her sparkling personality and large posterior.)

The approximately 500 guests at the bar mitzvah got to enjoy waking up the following morning at one of Amsterdam’s most expensive hotels — Sabah Nissan booked dozens of rooms for the attendees.

The hotel has a special attraction for the Nissans, who had celebrated the bar mitzvah of Noah’s brother, Joshua, there in 2014.

Interestingly, both parties were not held at the Apollo Museum Hotel, which Sabah Nissan, 49, owns — and which has a unique connection to the family.

When Nissan and his family arrived with little money in the Netherlands as refugees fleeing oppression under Saddam Hussein in their native Iraq, the Dutch Jewish community’s welfare service, JMW, put the family up for the duration of their first six months in the country at the Apollo Museum.

“That was when I knew: One day, I will be the owner of this hotel,” he told Het Parool in 2010.

The Nissans’ success story was not without controversy.

According to the Vrij Nederland investigative magazine, Nissan was convicted of violating the Netherlands’ lenient laws against trading in soft drugs while building an empire of restaurants, cafes and marijuana coffee shops during the 1990s. In a 1994 parliamentary inquiry on international crime in Amsterdam, Nissan was flagged as one of 16 businessmen “with more or less criminal beginnings and/or clear criminal connections” who were active then in the city’s seedy Red Light District.

Nissan, who does not speak often to the media and currently lives on the Spanish island of Ibiza, has denied the charges.

Following the media frenzy that his son’s bar mitzvah caused in the Netherlands, Nissan also gave a rare interview to Quote, in which he claimed that he did not pay Foxx or Drake to entertain. Nissan said he has known Foxx for 17 years and the movie star was already in Europe filming in Hungary.

“I only paid for a private jet to bring him over and for his hotel room,” Nissan said.

Nissan added that Foxx came as a friend, not as an entertainer, and invited Drake to come along as well. But that doesn’t mean Nissan didn’t spend a pretty penny on the whole extravaganza.

“It comes down to what’s most important for a Jew and an entrepreneur: You have to save, save and then save some more – everything you can for the bar mitzvah,” Nissan said.

Bristol Palin (White Idiot): “All Black Actors Look The Same, How Can We Choose One To Get The Oscar?”

Abstinence advocate and culture war blogger Bristol Palin recently lashed out at black actors who have complained that the slate of nominees for this year’s Oscars were all white. In a blog post on Tuesday, Palin said she agreed with Fox News contributor Stacey Dash’s opinion that both Black History Month and the BET network should not exist as special privileges for the black community.

“Either we want to have segregation or integration. If we don’t want segregation then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the [NAACP] Image Awards,” Dash told Fox News host Steve Doocy last week.

“Stacey Dash couldn’t be more right,” Palin commented on her post. “What more do black people want? They complained about slavery – we abolished it. They complained about oppression in the 60’s – we made sure there was no more of it. Then they started bitching about how America has never had a black president – we gave them Obama. Now they’re trying to make it look like we’re intentionally depriving them of money and fame. I mean, come on, people! You’ve got drug dealers, you’ve got rap and hip-hop singers, you’ve got just as much money as white people, and not to mention, your numbers are growing. It seems to me like we ought to be complaining about you, not the other way around!” Palin fumed.

Former Gov. of Alaska’s daughter went on to say that “even if there were black actors who are good enough” to be nominated for an Academy Award, “it’d be too difficult to choose one, since they all look alike.” “How do you tell apart Lawrence Fishburne from Samuel L. Jackson? You don’t! At least I can’t. I mean, if I didn’t know any better, I’d think Sam Jackson played Morpheus in the Matrix Trilogy. So, don’t be talking about the Oscars when you clearly don’t deserve one.”

“And another thing, there are black people in the audience at the Oscars, just like there are millions of black people all across America. Have you ever wondered why black actors never get nominated for an Award? Even though they’ve got millions of their black countrymen in the audience supposedly supporting them? It’s because black people can’t act – and they know it. All they’re good for is dancing, and not like ballet or normal dancing. They can do hip-hop and street dancing and that’s it. When it comes to a fine art like acting, they’re not capable of it. I mean, look at Denzel Washington. The man must have been in a hundred movies so far, and he always plays a black guy. Actors are supposed to transform into different roles. I mean, what’s up with that? No wonder black people are mad, it’s always someone else’s fault if you ask them,” Palin concluded.

Song and dance, protest and politics to mingle at Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 89th Academy Awards should be a very schizophrenic affair: equal parts pomp and politics.

The only thing expected to take the stage more often than the frothy front-runner “La La Land” at Sunday’s ceremony is protest (and probably some punchlines) over the policies of US President Donald Trump. For largely liberal Hollywood, his election has proven a rallying cause-celebre throughout an awards season that has otherwise been a parade of honors for Damien Chazelle’s celebrated musical.

Just how political things are going to get at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles may be the biggest question of Sunday night’s show, to be broadcast by ABC beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST, with red carpet coverage starting earlier. The current forecast for Sunday is only a slight chance of rain, though the inside of the Dolby Theatre is expected to be far stormier.

Even the usually glitzy lead-up to Sunday’s show has taken on the form of a gathering tempest. On Friday, the United Talent Agency, forgoing its usual Oscar party, instead held a rally over immigration. “We will not tolerate chaos and ineptitude and war-mongering,” Jodie Foster told attendees.

More strikingly, the six directors of the foreign film nominees on Friday released a joint statement condemning “the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the US and in so many other countries, in parts of the population and, most unfortunately of all, among leading politicians.”

The signees included the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose “The Salesman” is favored to win him his second foreign language Oscar. He isn’t attending the awards out of protest for Trump’s proposed travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim nations, including Iran.

This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from, "La La Land." The film is nominated for an Oscar for best picture. (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP)

On Friday, he posted a video thanking the Hollywood community for its support of his Oscar boycott. In it, Farhadi condemned Trump’s policies and said they are “trying to promote hate.”

And sure to stoke the rhetoric at Sunday’s Oscars is news this weekend that US immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on the documentary short nominee “The White Helmets,” about the nation’s civil war.

Meanwhile, some Trump supporters are calling for a boycott of the broadcast, expecting more speeches like Meryl Streep’s fiery remarks at the Globes — which prompted Trump to call her “overrated.” (The Academy of Motion Pictures on Friday added Streep, also a nominee, to its presenters.) But similar so-called boycotts have also trailed the Broadway sensation “Hamilton” and 2016’s top box-office hit, the “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One.”

ABC would be very happy with similar results, especially after last year’s telecast, hosted by Chris Rock, drew 34.4 million viewers, an eight-year low. Ads this year are still going for $2.1 million for 30-second spots.

Host Jimmy Kimmel will have a delicate balance on his hands. Play it too light and he’ll appear out of sync with the mood. Hammer too hard and he’ll alienate viewers already inundated by politics.

A lot of the suspense has been deflated by the juggernaut of “La La Land,” the Golden Globe winner and favorite to win best picture. It’s up for 14 awards, tying it with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the record.

Rock’s 2016 show, which he introduced as “the White People’s Choice Awards,” was rife with Hollywood’s diversity debate. But after two straight years of all-white acting nominees and the resulting “OscarsSoWhite” rancor, this year’s field is teaming with African-American actors and filmmakers, thanks to films like best-picture candidates Barry Jenkin’s coming-of-age tale “Moonlight,” Denzel Washington’s August Wilson adaptation “Fences” and Theodore Melfi’s uplifting space-race drama “Hidden Figures.”

For the first time, an actor of color is nominated in each acting category. A record six black actors are nominated. Four of the five films nominated for best documentary were made by black filmmakers. Bradford Young (“Arrival”) is the second black cinematographer ever nominated. Kimberly Steward, the financer of “Manchester by the Sea,” is the second black female producer nominated for best picture.

The nominees follow the efforts by Academy of Motions Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to diversify the membership of the largely white, older and male film academy. In June, the academy added 683 new members: 46 percent of them were female; 41% were nonwhite; and they pulled from 59 countries.

There is other turmoil, too. Only one major studio — Paramount, which distributed “Arrival” and “Fences” — scored a best picture nod this year — and its chief, Brad Grey, departed last week. Amazon, on the other hand, scored its first best-picture nomination with “Manchester by the Sea.”

Oscars foreign language directors gather in shadow of travel ban

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — One day after the Oscar-nominated directors of foreign language films issued an unprecedented joint statement decrying what they say is a climate of fascism, five of them gathered Saturday at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to put the focus back on their work.

The foreign language film race has been overshadowed and informed by US President Donald Trump’s seven-country travel ban, which resulted in the Iranian Oscar-nominated director of “The Salesman,” Asghar Farhadi, announcing that because of the ban, he would not attend Sunday’s ceremony.

Academy Governor Mark Johnson, who moderated the discussion, said that he has talked to Farhadi several times in the past week.

“He has made it clear that he is so humbled to be nominated again,” Johnson said. “(He) has chosen not to come for I think reasons we all applaud and completely understand.”

Farhadi previously won the Oscar in 2012 for “A Separation.”

The statement, which was issued collectively but largely written by “Toni Erdmann” writer and director Maren Ade, was the result of a few meetings and emails about what the directors in the category could do to stand in solidarity with Farhadi.

This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Sandra Huller as Ines, left, and Peter Simonischek as Winfried in a scene from the Komplizen Film, "Toni Erdmann." (Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

“We wanted to do something if we could. It had a reasonably slow gestation, a few days talking about it, but it was really our collective view,” said “Tanna” co-director Martin Butler of Australia.

“Land of Mine” director Martin Zandvliet added, “We thought it was appropriate to come up with something to show our support.”

For Ade, it was simply the best way to convey what they were all feeling.

“At the Oscars, we don’t know who will win, and the time there is very short,” Ade said. “It’s a complicated topic and an important topic.”

Although films as disparate as a father-daughter comedy and a World War II-era land mine drama have been thrust into a political context that they never foresaw, during the panel the focus turned back on the individual films.

Ade, whose “Toni Erdmann,” from Germany, was a favorite to win before the travel ban thrust “The Salesman” into the spotlight, said that she just “wanted to do a film about family and all of these roles that you play in your family.”

A remake of “Toni Erdmann,” a festival favorite, is already in the early stages of development with Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig attached to star.

Swedish director Hannes Holm, nominated for “A Man Called Ove,” about a widower whose suicide plans get thwarted by needy neighbors, said that in adapting the somewhat comic best-seller he “found the love story of my parents hidden in there.”

Danish director Zandvliet, whose “Land of Mine” is nominated, said that he bristled at the idea that the world thought of Denmark as a “happy fairy tale country where only good stuff happens.”

“I thought it was about time to tell the story from the other side that we’re also very hateful and lust for revenge,” Zandvliet said. “I wanted to make one of those stories.”

His movie, he said, while set in WWII, gained an important historical context.

“There was all the talk about closing down Europe, the Syrian refugees, everyone was a terrorist,” he said. “Suddenly the movie became about how we treat each other … The only way we can get people to listen is to show them something horrible.”

The “Tanna” directors, too, wanted to tell stories of a place that few had heard about before — a tiny island just a three-hour flight away from the Australia mainland where four languages are spoken.

Ultimately, the celebration of the foreign language category, which Johnson said has gotten, “stronger and stronger,” came back to the one director who wasn’t there — Farhadi.

“All of you have signed a statement in response to things that are going on,” Johnson said. “It’s not just in defense of artists rights, but human rights. It’s kind of remarkable.”