The Academy Awards, more commonly referred to as the Oscars, are highly prestigious awards granted for artistic and technical excellence in the film industry. Throughout the years, Middle Eastern filmmakers and actors have enjoyed many a success at the awards, from twice winning Best Foreign Language film winner Asghar Farhadi to Omar Sharif’s nomination for Best Supporting Actor back in 1963.

And so, to celebrate the looming 91st Academy Awards, we have compiled a list of the nominees from the region for you:

Capernaum nominated for Best Foreign Language Film

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki became the first female Arab director to be nominated for an Oscar with her film Capernaum for the Best Foreign Language Film. Capernaum is a moving story of child poverty, homelessness and displacement in Lebanon, and has won several international prizes in the film circuits to date from Cannes to Stockholm. Nadine Labaki’s previous works include Where Do We Go Now? (2011) and Caramel (2007).

Rami Malek nominated for Best Actor

Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek is set to pick up a prize for Best Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Malek already bagged himself a Golden Globe for ‘Best Actor in a Motion Picture’ for the same performance, however this will be his first ever appearance at the Oscars.

Of Fathers and Sons nominated for Best Documentary Feature

Following the success of his Sundance award-winning documentary Return to Homs, director Talal Derki returns to Syria for this insightful yet heart wrenching documentary feature Of Fathers and Sons. Having gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, Derki’s camera follows the daily lives of a father and two sons, exploring what it means to grow up in a family where your father’s greatest dream is to establish an Islamic Caliphate.

Aside from the finalists, here is a list of runners up from the region who didn’t quite make it into the nominations:

Turkey: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘The Wild Pear’

Algeria: Yasmine Chouikh’s ‘Until The End of Time’

Egypt: Abu Bakr Shawky’s ‘Yomeddine’

Morocco: Nour Eddine Lakhmari’s ‘Burnout’

Tunisia: Kaother Ben Hania’s ‘Beauty And The Dogs’

Yemen: Amr Gamal’s ‘10 Days Before the Wedding’

Afghanistan: Jamshid Mahmoudi’s ‘Rona, Azim’s Mother’

Iran: Vahid Jalilvand’s ‘No Date, No Signature’

Iraq: Mohammad Al-Daradji’s ‘The Journey’

Palestine: Raed Andoni’s ‘Ghost Hunting’

All images courtesy indicated in captions.