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Oscars Show 2019 Recap: Highlighting the Best Moments

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The 2019 Oscars had had its share of twisted events, before the awards were handed out. Starting from the Best Popular Film category that was supposed to happen, then it didn’t, to Kevin Hart who was going to host the event, but then he didn’t.

And also, the four awards that were supposed to be announced during the commercial breaks… but then they didn’t.

It actually turns out, watching the Oscar even without a host, wasn’t as bad as expected! In fact, the evening went very smoothly for the three hours that it clocked. It was definitely a nice save when they had Adam Lambert perform for the audience.

So in case you have missed the show, here is a full recap on all that went on during the Academy Awards, and its highlights.

First the winners list:

Best Picture: Green Book

Original Song: “Shallow” – A Star Is Born

Animated Feature Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Actor in a leading role: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Actress in a leading role: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Director: Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”

Production Design: Black Panther

Costume Design: Black Panther

Sound editing: “Bohemian Rhapsody”

And for the best moments:

Lambert’s Performance  

Adam Lambert performing ‘We Are the Champions’ by Queen, this entry surely made it up to the crowd who had no host for the show! They were up on their feet, as the tunes of Queen came blasting through the speakers.

Best Emotional Moment

When Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga locked eyes during their brilliant performance of ‘Shallow‘, together they delivered a very emotional performance which was the perfect celebration for Gaga’s win for Best Original Song. Proving once again, that if there is anyone who’s capable of making a crowd tear up, it is definitely Lady Gaga.

The worst follow up is them not kissing, and I believe all fans agree!

Best Speech and Quickest Cry 

Another emotional moment by once again Lady Gaga, as the announcement came for “Shallow” as the Best Original Song, Gaga bursts into sobs, once she composed herself, she blessed us with yet another inspiring speech “It is not about winning, but it’s about not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it,” she said. “There’s a discipline for passion, and it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down or beaten up, it’s about how many times you stand up and are brave.”

History Makers 

Ruth Carter won Best Costume Design in Black Panther, Hannah Beachler won Best Production Design, prior to their win, only one African-American had won an Oscar for a category other than acting, and after their victory, they have tripled that statistic.

“Marvel may have created the first black superhero, but through costume design, we turned him into an African king,” Carter said. “I give the strength to all of those who come next, to keep going, to never give up,” Beachler said shortly after.

And Rami Malek’s win, makes him the first actor of an Egyptian descent to win the prestigious award, which is another breakthrough for Arabs.

 

Most Awkward Moment 

Rami Malek falling off the stage is definitely in the category, after winning the award for the Best Actor for his role in Bohemian Rhapsody, but shortly after he slipped off the stage and clumsy people everywhere are totally relating. 

 

 

 

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Manga Company Collaborates with NEOM For Saudi Animation Series

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Saudi Manga productions, a subsidiary company of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Misk Foundation, announced a fun collaboration with NEOM.

The $500-billion megacity project in the Kingdom’s northwest will host the second season of “Future Folktales,” the Saudi animated series that attracted a global audience of over 70 million!

Dr. Essam Bukhary, CEO of Manga Productions, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with NEOM for the setting of the second season of ‘Future Folktales.’ This partnership brings Saudi Arabia’s creative industry together with NEOM, an incubator of creative capabilities and ground-breaking technologies that embodies the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”

He also added that the link-up supported the company’s goal of inspiring future generations “to be part of the development of NEOM and build a bright future for all humanity.”

Al-Nasr said: “We encourage those in the creative industry around the world to participate in Manga’s competition which will be held in 2021.”

Abdul Aziz Al-Naghmoush, business development manager at Manga Productions, said: “Since its establishment, Manga has been committed to investing and developing talents to enrich Saudi Arabia’s creative industry.

“Our partnership with NEOM supports this commitment by being the home and future of dreamers and doers.” He added.

 

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Netflix Teams Up With Saudi Arabian Telfaz 11 To Produce 8 Films

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The global entertainment service Netflix has partnered with Saudi Arabian production and financing group Telfaz11 to produce eight new films.

This exciting collaboration will allow global Netflix members to gain an insight into the life and culture of Saudis. The mixed range of films, which will highlight the Kingdom’s knack for comedy, which will appeal to 195 millions members with diverse taste in films.

“Great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere. We are expanding our library of Saudi content and showcasing the beauty of Saudi storytelling by joining forces with its creators to produce authentic and intriguing stories that will resonate with both Arab and global audiences,” Nuha El Tayeb, Director, Content Acquisitions, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at Netflix, said. “We hope that Telfaz’s work will offer Netflix members around the world a chance to experience Saudi culture, humour and art.”

Telfaz11’s CEO and Co-Founder Alaa Fadan also expressed his excitement to join forces with Netflix, the thing that proves Telfaz11’s success, he also added the movies will “showcase for global audiences the incredible culture, locations and talent that exists within both our region and the Telfaz11 filmmaker network.”

The first of the films, which are all developed and produced by Telfaz11, is scheduled for a late 2021 release.

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Top Saudi Titles Make it to a Catalogue of 44 Arab Movies on Netflix

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Netflix, the leading entertainment giant, is releasing a new cataglogue that will include 44 movies by Arab directors, such as Youssef Chahine, Youssry Nasrallah, Nadine Labaki, Moustapha Akkad, Anne Marie Jacir, Laila Marrakchi and many more.

Among the list are Saudi titles that have made their debut on Netflix this year, including the newly released and first Saudi thriller and drama series, “Whispers,” the award-winning short film collection “Six Windows in the Desert,” and the first Saudi animation movie, “Masameer.”

The new catalogue will bring together cinematic masterpieces and contemporary rising stars from the Arab world’s entertainment industry, this way giving a platform to Arab talents to display their work.

The stories come from the UAE, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Algeria and Sudan.

“We want more people around the world to have access to great stories and have the chance to see their lives represented on screen,” said Netflix MENAT Director of Content Acquisitions Nuha El-Tayeb.

“We also believe that great stories come from anywhere and can travel everywhere, connecting with audiences far beyond their place or language of origin,” El-Tayeb added.

“We’re honored to share these classic and contemporary films with our members in the Arab world and globally.”

You can already find some of these film on Netflix and the rest will be available soon.

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