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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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Art Academies Will Launch Soon to Boost Heritage and Arts in the Kingdom

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The Kingdom will set up two new arts academies in an attempt to enlarge the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music and this initiative comes as part of the Quality of Life Program initiatives.

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which was met with tremendous support from both King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom used to be rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr stated, and these art academies will be a great step towards achieving the required academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

In the first phase, two art academies will be established, the first will be specialized in heritage, traditional arts and crafts, and applications will open in the autumn of 2020 with a target of 1,000 students and trainees in the long and short-term programs.

The second academy will be dedicated to music and will have the capacity to enroll 1,000 students and trainees, starting the year 2021.

 

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Nadine Labaki to Strike Again With the New Film ‘1982’

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After the movie Capernaum broke a number of records and made it to the Academy Awards, Nadine Labaki will soon bless our screens with her latest participation in the movie 1982 and we can’t wait!

The debut feature, that is directed by Oualid Mouaness, will take us back to the eighties during the Siege of Beirut and will feature Labaki in the role of a school teacher named Yasmeen.

The movie tells the story of Wissam, an 11-year-old who is trying to gather up his courage and confess his love to Joanaa, his classmate but just when he is about to do so, an air strike hits Beirut and with it begins the war…

1982, is currently in post-production and it has just been announced that it will be among the other Arab films being shown at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

 

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A Guide on How to Spend Your Eid Differently this Year

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We’re finally in the last weekend the separates us from Eid Al-Adha and we better make the best out of this somewhat long vacation and enjoy it while it while it lasts!

The following our own suggestions on how to spend your Eid differently this year and make the most of it.

1- Enjoy a movie outside!

 

This is a reminder that Taif Season is having the first outdoor cinema in a garden with some of the latest hits, including Alaadin, Toy Story 4 and more! The movies that are certainly suitable for a nice family day out.

2- Color Marathon

 

From the 15th till 17th of August, you can enjoy a colorful run similar to the color marathon that was held earlier this year. Besides it being a fun way to spend the day with friends, there are also valuable prizes for winners.

3- Swim with the Dolphins

Yes, you read that right! Swimming with dolphins is one of the many fun and refreshing activities that you can enjoy at Fakeih Aquarium in Jeddah, afterwards you can enjoy a fine dining experience at their Blue Ocean restaurant.

4- Discover Countries at Souk Okaz

 

Souk Okaz gives you the chance of discovering different cities all in one place, from Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon to Oman and more, indulge on the culture of several cities without having to travel far.

The event is available this entire month for you to enjoy!

5- Enjoy Eid Fireworks

 

Ward Village will have an amazing fireworks show on the first and second day of Eid, and then on every weekend afterwards. Don’t miss on the festivities and Eid vibes during Taif Season!

6- Go hiking

 

If you truly are looking for a unique way to spend you Eid then hiking is your way to doing this! It is the perfect way to bond with your family or friends away from the city noise and technology.

Excited? Then click here for more details on hiking activities.

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