Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 22 October 2019

Watch: the emotional moment Nadine Labaki found out she was up for an Oscar

The Lebanese filmmaker shared a video of the moment on social media

Nadine Labaki and her husband, Khaled Mouzanar, were emotional when they found out about their Oscar nomination. Getty
Nadine Labaki and her husband, Khaled Mouzanar, were emotional when they found out about their Oscar nomination. Getty

It's safe to say Nadine Labaki's life and career have changed drastically since she made Capernaum. The film got a 15-minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival, won the Jury Prize and was nominated for all the big awards, from the Golden Globes to the Oscars.

Labaki is now the first female Arab filmmaker to win a major prize at Cannes. Capernaum became the first Lebanese film ever to be nominated for a Golden Globe. And Labaki, again, became the first female Lebanese filmmaker to be nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. She even had lunch with Oprah Winfrey.

We can only imagine what a whirlwind it's been for the Lebanese filmmaker, and now we can revel in her excitement, as Labaki has shared a video on Instagram of the moment she learnt of the Academy Award nomination.

It seems the first thing she and her husband, Capernaum producer Khaled Mouzanar, did when they heard the news was call Zain, the film's lead actor and a real-life Syrian refugee who now lives with his family in Norway. He was at school, watching the nominations roll in when Labaki called, crying as she was feeling "overwhelmed".

The director wrote: "No matter what happens next it was all so worthwhile!"

Capernaum is Labaki's third film and tells the story of children in the slums of Beirut, using a cast of non-actors. The main storyline follows a 12-year-old boy who decides to sue his abusive parents, who he's already fled from, for the "crime" of giving him life.

It's received a lot of praise from around the world, including from A-listers such as Winfrey and Glenn Close. On this latest Instagram post, fan messages flooded the filmmakers feed.

"We watched the movie in Australia last night, what a great film!" one person wrote. "It touched our hearts and was full of compassion. You are an amazing storyteller."

Another fan, from Morocco, said: "You deserve the Oscar. Amazing movie. I watched it in Casablanca".

Up until now, film fans in the UAE haven't had the chance to watch the movie on the big screen, but it's set to be screened at Cinema Akil in Dubai from March 15 to 29, after we find out whether Labaki wins the Oscar this Sunday.

Whatever happens, we're behind her and Capernaum all the way.

Updated: February 19, 2019 12:50 PM

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