This week, TV royalty (and actual royalty) arrived at Kensington Palace for the 72nd British Academy Film Awards. From Rami Malek on the red carpet to several Arab designers including Elie Saab (who dressed Crazy Rich Asians star Michelle Yeoh) and Zuhair Murad (worn by Linda Cardellini), the Middle East was well represented in the British capital. But the name we were eagerly looking out for was Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, whose forgein language film was nominated for an award.
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Unfortunately Capernaum lost out out to Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, but the Arab filmmaker graciously accepted the loss on social media. Whilst she expressed some disappointment for losing the award, she shared a clip of Glenn Close gushing over Nadine Labaki’s film.
When asked on the red carpet which were her stand-out films of the year, Glenn Close, who stunned in Alexander McQueen, replied, “Capernaum. It moved me to my absolute core. I think it’s a masterwork. I really do.”
“I met the director last night and she’s an extraordinary person.” British actor Jonathan Pryce added.
Labaki made history as the first Arab woman ever to be nominated for a BAFTA and an Oscar. For the British award show, the director supported her home talent wearing not one but two gowns from Elie Saab. For the arrivals red carpet, the 44-year-old mother-of-two chose a black number from the Lebanese brand’s spring/summer 2019 collection, and later slipped into another Elie Saab dress for the Nespresso BAFTA after party.
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