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.”