The 88th Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles February 28 and will be aired live in the Middle East on OSN at 4.30am (KSA time). While the ceremony takes place in Hollywood, some of the nominees have closers connections to the region than expected.
Jordanian filmmaker Naji Abu Nowar is the man behind this Best Foreign Language film nominee, born in Britain, he helmed the flick about a young bedouin boy who accompanies his brother across the desert as he guides a British officer.
It claimed the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at the BAFTAs recently so is expected to take Jordan's first Academy Award too.
The Ridley Scott helmed motion picture may be set on Mars but scenes were actually recorded in Jordan. When Matt Damon's character is left behind on Mars, he's forced to find a way to survive and Jordan's Wadi Rum serves as a backdrop. The Martian has been nominated for Production Design, Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Best Picture, while Damon is up for Actor in a Leading Role.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
While Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have been snubbed for some of the bigger accolades, the movie - filmed in the Abu Dhabi desert - could take home the gong for Visual Effects. The film is also in with a chance of winning for Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Music (Original Score) and Film Editing.