'The Insult' Makes History Despite Oscar Loss

Although Ziad Doueiri's 'The Insult' movie failed on Sunday to bring home the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, the film has already made history by scooping Lebanon's first Academy Award nomination ever.

'The Insult' depicts how a minor incident between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee turns into a high-profile court trial that ends up dividing the two communities as the two men grapple with their prejudices.

"Thank You Lebanon for all the support you showed. And the dream has just started," Adel Karam, one of the movie's main actors, wrote on Twitter following the ceremony.

"We already won by being there and made Lebanese history.. à la prochaine!" Actress Rita Hayek also wrote.

The movie had made it into the final five competing in this category along with the following films: A Fantastic Woman (Chile), Loveless (Russia), On Body and Soul (Hungary) and The Square (Sweden).

Chile's drama, which revolves around a transgender woman who battles her lover's family after he dies, won the Oscar, thus marking the South American country's first victory in the foreign film category.

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of awards for artistic and technical merit in the American film industry, recognizing excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Source: Kataeb.org