Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 July 2019

Nadine Labaki is the first Lebanese female filmmaker to ever be nominated for an Oscar

Latest nomination follows nods for Golden Globes and BAFTAs for refugee street kid drama

Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki has made history again today as the first female Arab filmmaker ever to be nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for her moving refugee drama Capernaum. Egyptian director Jehane Noujaim was previously nominated in the Best Feature Documentary category for 2013's The Square.

Labaki entered the record books last May as the first Arab woman to pick up a major prize at Cannes when she won the Jury Prize following a premiere screening that earned a 15-minute-plus standing ovation. She did so again in December when she was the first to be shortlisted for the nomination, alongside another eight films from around the world.

Today, she moved onto the next level with the announcement that her film had made the final nomination list – the second successive year a Lebanese film made the cut following the nomination for Ziad Doueri’s The Insult at last year’s awards.

Can she now go one step further and win the award?

She certainly has some high profile supporters. None other than chat show queen, and Academy voting member, Oprah Winfrey, tweeted her support for the film on January 13 – the day before Oscars voting closed.

Winfrey’s tweet attracted 10,000 likes, with Selma director Ava DuVernay among those replying to agree with Winfrey’s sentiments.

The film has also been nominated for a foreign language BAFTA, as well as a Golden Globe – where it lost out to Alfonso Cuaron’s hotly fancied Roma recently. That film could prove Labaki’s nemesis.

At the same time as Labaki was celebrating her own nomination, Cuaron was celebrating becoming only the 10th director to have a film not in the English language nominated in the Best Picture category, and the movie is among the favourites to pick up that award.

If it does, it would be the first foreign language film ever to do so. Simple logic would dictate that if Roma is among the best films in any language of the year, it is by default the best in a foreign language, since none of its Foreign Language competitors have been nominated for Best Picture. Voting doesn’t always follow a logical pattern, however – just look to either side of the Atlantic for evidence – and voters who give Cuaron the nod for Best Picture may well feel that they should give something else a chance in the Foreign section.

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki on the set of her Oscar contender 'Capharnaum'. Courtesy Nadine Labaki
Lebanese director Nadine Labaki on the set of her Oscar contender 'Capharnaum'. Courtesy Nadine Labaki

The full list of the 91st Oscar nominees:

Best Picture:

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

Green Book

The Favourite

Roma

A Star is Born

Vice

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Best Director:

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Alfonso Curaron, Roma

Adam McKay, Vice

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Best Actor:

Christian Bale (Vice)

Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born)

Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)

Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

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Best Actress:

Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)

Glenn Close (The Wife)

Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)

Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

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Best Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

Sam Elliott (A Star is Born)

Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman)

Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Sam Rockwell (Vice)

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Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams (Vice)

Marina De Tavira (Roma)

Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Emma Stone (The Favourite)

Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

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Best Adapted Screenplay:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

BlacKkKlansman

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star is Born

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Best Original Screenplay:

The Favourite

First Reform

Green Book

Roma

Vice

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Best Original Song:

All the Stars (Black Panther)

I’ll Fight (RBG)

The Place Where Lost Things Go” (Mary Poppins Returns)

Shallow (A Star is Born)

When a Cowboy Trades his Spurs for Wings (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)

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Best Costume Design:

Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Black Panther

The Favourite

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Queen of Scots

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Best Film Editing:

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book

Vice

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Best Original Score:

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

If Beale Street Could Talk

Isle of Dogs

Mary Poppins Returns

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Best Animated Short Film:

Animal Behavior

Bao

Late Afternoon

One Small Step

Weekends

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Best Live Action Short Film:

Detainment

Fauv

Margarite

Mother

Skin

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Best Sound Editing:

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

A Quiet Place

Roma

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Best Sound Mixing:

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

Roma

A Star is Born

_______________

Best Animated Feature:

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Mirai

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Best Cinematography:

Cold War

The Favourite

Roma

Never Look Away

A Star is Born

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Best Documentary Feature:

Free Solo

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Minding the Gap

Of Fathers and Sons

RBG

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Best Documentary Short Subject:

Black Sheep

End Game

Lifeboat

A Night at the Garden

Period. End of Sentence.

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Best Makeup & Hairstyling:

Border

Mary Queen of Scots

Vice

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Best Visual Effects:

Avengers: Infinity War

Christopher Robin

First Man

Ready Player One

Solo

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Best Production Design:

Black Panther

The Favourite

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns

Roma

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