Advertisement

People Are Supporting "The Zone Of Interest" Director Jonathan Glazer After His Moving Oscars Speech Was Egregiously Misquoted

People Are Supporting "The Zone Of Interest" Director Jonathan Glazer After His Moving Oscars Speech Was Egregiously Misquoted

Yesterday, writer and director Jonathan Glazer won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film for his movie The Zone of Interest. In his speech, he was the only winner to directly condemn the violence in Gaza.

Person stands with an award, wearing a formal black suit and tie, at an event with statue silhouettes
Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic

For context, The Zone of Interest is a disturbing movie about the Holocaust, as told through an unsettling portrait of a Nazi family who live by Auschwitz. It was nominated for five Oscars in total, including Best Picture.

  A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection
A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection

Upon accepting the award, Jonathan took to the stage alongside producer James Wilson. He said, “All our choices were made to reflect and confront us in the present, not to say: ‘Look what they did then’ — rather, look what we do now. Our film shows where dehumanization leads at its worst. It’s shaped all of our past and present."

"Right now, we stand here as men who refute their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation which has led to conflict for so many innocent people,” he said, to some applause. “Whether the victims of October the 7th in Israel or the ongoing attack on Gaza — all the victims of this dehumanization. How do we resist?”

Three men in black tuxedos onstage, one reading from a paper with a microphone, flanked by the other two

Jonathan dedicated the award to a woman named Alexandra, whom he met while making the movie, who left food for the prisoners in the camp overnight while she was a child in the area. As she is depicted in the movie, Jonathan concluded, "I dedicate this to her memory, and her resistance."

Three men on stage at an event, the central figure holding a paper, all in formal attire
Kevin Winter / Getty Images

However, people took Jonathan's words grossly out of context — such as Republican pundit Meghan McCain, who tweeted, "Lotta people in Hollywood showing their ass when a man gets on stage to 'refute his Jewishness' and half the room claps."

Person holding an Oscar trophy, dressed in a black suit and bowtie, standing in front of statue silhouettes

Amid the backlash, many subsequently took to the platform to reemphasize what Jonathan had actually said:

Twitter: @ArmandDoma

Twitter: @_Zeets

Twitter: @jduffyrice

Twitter: @MairavZ

And some argued that the aforementioned critiques were not done so in "good faith":

Twitter: @hkatewilliams

Twitter: @arlenparsa

We'll keep you posted with any updates.