El Arbi (billed as Adil) and Fallah (billed as Bilall) are old film-school friends who teamed up on a 2011 short called Broeders (Brothers). Their breakthrough came with the 2015 adaptation of two novels – Black and Back — by Flemish author Dirk Bracke, heavily inspired by the story of Romeo and Juliet.
This led to them being picked up by Hollywood, and signed for the Bad Boys franchise. They are also due to make the fourth in the Beverly Hills Cop series in which Eddie Murphy reprises his role as Axel Foley.
The winning film was up against Da 5 Bloods, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and One Night in Miami in the nominations for Best Film.