3 Golden Globe nominations for hit TV Series Mr. Robot and American Arab actor Rami Malek, and co-star Christian Slater
By Ray Hanania
Mr. Robot, the popular television series directed by an American Arab and starring an Arab American, received three nominations Thursday for the prestigious 73rd Golden Globe awards for 2015.
The Golden Globe Awards recognizes the best in Film and Television and is voted on by 93 members of the Foreign Press Association which was founded in 1943.
Nominations were made for American Arabs in the categories of Television Series (Mr. Robot), Television Series Actor (Rami Malek) and Television Series Supporting Actor Christian Slater.
Among the nominations for the award, which will be presented in January 2016, are:
Series, Drama: “Empire,” ‘’Mr. Robot,” ‘’Game of Thrones,” ‘’Outlander,” ‘’Narcos.”
Actor, Drama: Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”; Wagner Moura, “Narcos”; Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”; Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men.”
Supporting Actor, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall”; Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”; Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”; Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”; Tobias Menzies, “Outlander.”
Rami Said Malek, 34, is an American actor or Egyptian Arab heritage. Malek studied acting at the University of Evansville and began his Hollywood career in guest-roles on several television shows before making his feature film debut in Night at the Museum (2006), according to his resume.
Malek was a regular on the Fox comedy series The War at Home (2005–07) and on the HBO miniseries The Pacific (2010). He appeared in movie Larry Crowne (2011) and had roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (2012) and in the final installment of The Twilight Saga (2012).
In 2013, Malek appeared in the independent films Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, the remake of Oldboy and starred in the critically praised Short Term 12. The following year, he appeared in Need for Speed, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.
In 2015, Malek played the lead role of Elliot Alderson in the critically acclaimed USA Network’s television series Mr. Robot, for which he has also received nominations a Screen Actors Guild Award.
In Mr. Robot, Christian Slater plays his deceased father who returns as an alter-ego engaging Malek’s character’s efforts to disrupt Internet security companies.
Mr. Robot completed its first season in 2015 and is scheduled to return in 2016.
Malek plays ayoung, anti-social computer programmer, Elliot, who works as a cyber-security engineer by day, but at night is a vigilante hacker. He is recruited by the mysterious leader of an underground group of hackers to join their organization. Elliot’s task? Help bring down corporate America, including the company he is paid to protect, which presents him with a moral dilemma. Although he works for a corporation, his personal beliefs make it hard to resist the urge to take down the heads of multinational companies that he believes are running — and ruining — the world.