On Tuesday, the future of Arab cinema united at the annual Oscar Luncheon ahead of the Academy Awards this month. Nominees Nadine Labaki, Rami Malek and Talal Derki, who are all nominated for an Oscar, came together at the event and posted one powerful picture on the Internet.
John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made a speech that drew on diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations. “This year has the largest class of women nominees,” he said. “Inclusion, diversity, racial, ethnic and gender equality are not just buzzwords. They go to the heart of what our Academy is doing.”
Whilst this may be true, English-speaking countries still dominate the nominees list (two-third of the nominees were from the US) and no female names made the list for the Best Director category. However, from Labaki becoming the first-ever Lebanese female film director nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar to actor Rami Malek (Best Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody) and director Talal Derki (Best Director for Of Fathers and Sons) both up for an Academy Award for the first time, the Lebanese, Syrian and Egyptian filmmakers have already made history in the Arab world.
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Oscars 2019: Nadine Labaki makes history as she becomes the first-ever Arab woman to be nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for her heart-wrenching refugee drama ‘Capharnaum’. Congratulations @nadinelabaki!... . #HarpersBazaarArabia #NadineLabaki #Capharnaum @capharnaumthefilm #Oscars
The trio, who were joined by Nadine’s husband Khaled Mouzanar, all shared photos on their Instagrams from the event.
The 2019 Oscars will take place on 24 February.