Rami Malek up for back-to-back best actor at BAFTA awards

Rami Malek portrayed Queen front man Freddie Mercury in the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” (AFP)
Updated 10 January 2019
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Rami Malek up for back-to-back best actor at BAFTA awards

  • Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s feature film Capernaum was also nominated for best foreign film
  • BAFTA, which is happening on Feb. 2, is the British counterpart of the Oscars

DUBAI: Egyptian-American Rami Malek, who scooped the Golden Globes trophy for best actor, is in the running to earn another top acting prize at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards or just BAFTA.

BAFTA, which is the British counterpart of the Oscars, announced the list of nominees on Wednesday, listing Malek along with other award-winning actors including Christian Bale, who also won best actor award in the Golden Globes for comedy “Vice.”

Other nominees in the best actor category are Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Steve Coogan (“Stan & Ollie”) and Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”).

The Arab star portrayed Queen front man Freddie Mercury in the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which earned a total of seven nominations in the BAFTA including best British film.

British period dramedy “The Favourite“ dominated the nominations with 12 nods.

Meanwhile, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s feature film “Capernaum” was also nominated for best foreign film, together with award-winning Mexican film “Roma,” which beat the Lebanese movie in the Golden Globes.

Other nominees in the foreign language category are “Cold War” (Poland), “Dogman” (Italy) and “Shoplifters” (Japan).

Labaki, the only female director among the nominated foreign films, delivered a BAFTA-hosted lecture on screenwriting late last year with other international filmmakers, including “Roma” director Alfonso Cuaron.

Also spelt “Capharnaüm,” the Lebanese drama is about a 12-year-old and his difficult life in Lebanon, which leads to him to sue his parents.

Winners will be announced at the ceremony on February 10, two weeks before the much-awaited 91st Academy Awards.


What We Are Reading Today: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

Updated 20 January 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

  • New book reveals business model that underpins the digital world

Shoshana Zuboff’s new book is a chilling exposé of the business model that underpins the digital world. 

A review published in goodreads.com said that The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is neither a hand-wringing narrative of danger and decline nor a digital fairy tale. Rather, it offers a deeply reasoned and evocative examination of the contests over the next chapter of capitalism that will decide the meaning of information civilization in the 21st century. 

The Age of Surveillance Capital is a striking and illuminating book. 

A fellow reader remarked to me that it reminded him of Thomas Piketty’s magnum opus, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, in that it opens one’s eyes to things we ought to have noticed, but had not. 

And if we fail to tame the new capitalist mutant rampaging through our societies then we will only have ourselves to blame, for we can no longer plead ignorance,” stated John Naughton in a review published in The Guardian.