As the 91st Academy Awards ceremony approaches, the Arab world is rooting for all the Arab nominees who have participated in and created beautiful works last year.
In a delightful surprise, a photo grouping together all three Oscar nominees from the region on Monday had people excited for the big night on Feb. 24.
Lebanese director Nadine Labaki and producer Khaled Mouzanar, Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek, and Syrian director Talal Derki gracefully and in their black outfits stood shoulder to shoulder for the photo during the Oscars' luncheon.
"Superstar lineup," one person commented on the Instagram photo posted by Capharnaüm's account.
A sight to behold!
Nadine Labaki's Capharnaüm
Labaki's film earned a Golden Globes nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in Dec., making history as Lebanon's first entry into the prestigious ceremony.
Capharnaüm - which is Arabic for "a disorderly accumulation of objects" - tells the story of a child struggling to survive, which leads him to sue his family "for giving him life in the first place."
Talal Derki's Of Fathers and Sons
Derki's daring documentary follows the lives of a radical Islamist family in Syria for two years, capturing their day-to-day lives.
The Syrian director - now based in Berlin, Germany - chose to focus on the jihadist father's children, Osama (13) and Ayman (12), who "both love and admire their father and obey his words."
"But while Osama seems content to follow the path of Jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school," the documentary's website reads.
Of Fathers and Sons won the Grand Jury Prize (World Documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival, the Silver Star at El Gouna International Film Festival, and many more prestigious awards.
Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody
Egyptian-American Malek plays Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which tells the story of the legendary British rock band Queen.
The film walks audiences through the band's rise from the 1970s up until the band's Live Aid performance in 1985, which has been dubbed the "greatest rock performance of all time."