Nadine Labaki, Rami Malek hope to win Golden Globes awards

Labaki’s movie “Capernaum” – also spelt Capharnaüm – is nominated for best motion picture in the Foreign Language category. (File/AFP)
Updated 06 January 2019
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Nadine Labaki, Rami Malek hope to win Golden Globes awards

  • Lebanese director Nadine Labaki movie “Capernaum” is nominated for best motion picture in the Foreign Language category
  • American-Egyptian actor Rami Malek is favored to win Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in the drama category

As the run-up to the Golden Globes awards closes, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki and American-Egyptian actor Rami Malek are hoping to walk away with a win from the 76th annual ceremony.

Labaki’s movie “Capernaum” – also spelt Capharnaüm – is nominated for best motion picture in the Foreign Language category against Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron.

The Lebanese drama is about a Syrian refugee’s difficult life in Lebanon who takes his parents to court.

The acclaimed filmmaker and actress took to social media to celebrate her first-ever Golden Globe nomination with a heartwarming video.

Meanwhile, American-Egyptian actor Malek is nominated for his lead role in “Bohemian Rhapsody” where he plays the role of Freddie Mercury.

Known for his breakthrough role Mr. Robot, Malek is favored to win Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in the drama category. The Mercury biopic sold $50 million at the Box Office.

Malek described Mercury as a complex character — a publicly bombastic yet privately shy individual with a highly unusual path to stardom.

“Freddie Mercury is synonymous with being otherworldly,” the actor said. “He was a revolutionary.”

The Golden Globes is also expected to be dominated by Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born.”

It’s expected to win best picture, drama, best actress for Lady Gaga and best song for Gaga’s “Shallow.”

 


Hoda Barakat wins Arab Booker for ‘The Night Mail’

Updated 24 April 2019
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Hoda Barakat wins Arab Booker for ‘The Night Mail’

  • The author will receive a prize of $50,000 for her winning novel “The Night Mail”
  • The book includes a series of letters from individuals who are facing social and personal issues

ABU DHABI: Lebanese author Hoda Barakat has won the Booker international prize for Arabic fiction for her novel “The Night Mail.”
She will receive $50,000 and the five other authors who reached the final short-list will each receive $10,000, the organizers revealed late Tuesday.
Conceived in Abu Dhabi in 2007, the prize is supported by the Booker Prize Foundation in London and financed by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism.
Born in Beirut, Hoda Barakat lives in Paris and has published several novels including “The Stone of Laughter” and “My Master and My Lover.”
“The Night Mail” is her sixth novel and has been translated into French.
Alongside the prize money, funds will also be provided for translating the book into English.
The novel consists of a series of letters by individuals “facing social misery and their own demons,” according to publisher Actes Sud.
Abu Dhabi, capital of the emirate of the same name, has become an increasingly significant cultural hub.
The city hosts the Louvre Abu Dhabi — the first museum to take the name “Louvre” outside France — which houses nearly 600 works in a futuristic building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.