I have great difficulty imagining that Olivia Colman will not win Best Actress at the BAFTA awards for The Favourite on February 10th. That is my only prediction in which I have confidence.
As for the Belgian Magritte awards which were held last weekend, it was impossible for Victor Polster not to win best actor for Girl. Arieh Worthalter who played his father in the movie won best supporting actor, also richly deserved.
Next up are the French César awards one week from today. They are always 48 hours ahead of the Oscars to allow certain people to travel, but in recent years Alexandre Desplat is about the only person in competition who needs to do so.
Interesting information. That would shift the discussion as to what are North Africans compared to Arabs since Egypt is universally considered to be the most populated country of the Arab world. If only a few Arabs live there, that would turn geopolitics on its head.
I kept seeing the comments about Malek being the first Arab-American etc. and thinking, "But his family is from Egypt", so I looked it up with the phrase "are egyptians arab".
If you do that, you get a box at the top of the page stating: The Egyptians are not Arabs, and both they and the Arabs are aware of this fact. They are Arabic-speaking, and they are [predominantly] Muslim -- The source shown is a Wikipedia article.
If you open that article, the lead sentence states:
Egyptians ... are an ethnic group native to Egypt and the citizens of that country sharing a common culture and a common dialect known as Egyptian Arabic.
A search within the article for the phrase in the Google hits box which categorically states that Egyptians are not Arabs will take you to a section called Identity, which examines historical and political identification or non-identification as Arabs. The full article is very long and fairly complete. After reading skimming it, I believe that Egyptians are not in fact Arabs and Huckle's article citing DNA would certainly seen to corroborate that.
One interesting tidbit I picked up as I went through the article was this: It is also noteworthy that the Egyptian dialect is the most understood version of the Arabic language amongst the Arab world.
Yes, just about all of the teachers in Saudi Arabia, for example, are from Egypt.
If this discussion were in French, I would just say "leave the poor flies alone," in reference to the expression wherein, past a certain point, one is merely (ahem) fucking flies up the arse. Egypt has been a mixture of Copts, Berbers and Arabs for the last 1500 years. Egypt being the country in which I have spent the most time in my life apart from France and the United States, I know that Egyptians consider themselves better than Arabs and yet the official name of the country is the Arab Republic of Egypt. My own take on the subject is that Arabs and Egyptians are branches of the same group, but frankly I don't care.
On another note,I thought that Spike Lee's comments after the Oscar awards were inappropriate and indicative of not only being a "sore loser" ( along with his ridiculous attire), angry, (no surprise) but, incredibly immature (and embarrassing).