In the meanwhile...Olmert wants Israel to win an Oscar

Jerusalem, Feb 25 | Updated: Feb 26 2008, 05:58am hrs
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ended his opening statement at the weekly Cabinet meeting on an unusual note - saying he was pulling for Israel's entry, Beaufort, at Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood.

"The time has come for an Israeli movie to win the Oscar," he told his ministers. "This movie definitely represents an ability, quality and depth that deserve recognition, and I wish for Yossi Cedar, the director, and all his actors to receive this recognition and that the wars of Israel will become topics for movies and not our daily reality."

Beaufort, directed by US-born Israeli Joseph Cedar, tells the story of a small group of Israeli soldiers stationed in an outpost in the final days prior to the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000. But it lost to Stefan Ruzowitzkys The Counterfeiters.