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

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.”

 


Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to get his very own Times Square billboard

Updated 12 November 2019

Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to get his very own Times Square billboard

  • Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to appear on a Spotify billboard in Times Square
  • The move is a bid to promote the music and culture of the Middle East and North Africa

DUBAI: Amr Diab is the first Arab musical artist to get his face plastered on a Spotify billboard in New York City’s iconic Times Square. 

The streaming giant projected a smiling portrait of the Egyptian crooner in one of the most-visited landmarks in the Big Apple in a bid to promote the music and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.

“Today we are celebrating Diab’s legacy and we are proud to see him shine so brightly - literally - on the global stage,” says Claudius Boller, Managing Director, Spotify Middle East and Africa in an official press statement. 

According to Spotify, the legendary singer’s music is most streamed in the United States, followed by Sweden, Germany, the UK and Canada.

His album “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam) brought him global success and earned him the title of “The Father of Mediterranean Music” for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms. 

Diab received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist, and World’s Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

He was also one of the first artists to headline a concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the Saudia E-Prix in 2018. He was part of a superstar lineup that included the likes of Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo, the Black Eyed Peas, One Republic and David Guetta. 

The 58-year-old singer is set to take the stage of the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre in Jan. 20, 2020.