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Son of Saul, a Hungarian film about the Holocaust, has won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The movie focuses on a Jewish Sonderkommando in Auschwitz who is forced to take other prisoners to the gas chambers and then dispose of their bodies. The lead actor, Geza Rohrig, is a religious Jew himself.

Son of Saul previously won the Golden Globe for best foreign picture and the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.

Last year's foreign language Oscar also went to a Holocaust story: Ida, a Polish movie about a nun who learns that her parents were Jews killed in the Holocaust.

This was not the only notably Jewish aspect of last night's (Sunday) Academy Awards. The award for Best Adapted Screenplay went to Charles Randolph for The Big Short. During his speech, Randolph told his Israeli wife, Mili Avital, "Ani ohev otah" [I love you].