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Riz Ahmed Becomes First Muslim Best Actor Oscar Nominee

The British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed has become the first Muslim actor to grab a place in Best Actor’s category for this year’s Academy Awards. Ahmed also made history in 2017 as he became the first Muslim to win an Oscar for supporting actor in ‘Moonlight’. He again won the best supporting actor in 2019 for ‘Green Book’, and now it’s time to grab the ‘best actor’ award!

Ahmed has been nominated for his role in Amazon’s ‘Sound of Metal’, a film that has bagged nominations for six Academy Awards in 2021. The nominations for the film include best actor (Riz Ahmed), best picture, best supporting actor (Paul Raci), best editing, best original screenplay, and best sound.

This nomination has also made Riz Ahmed the first actor of Pakistani descent to land in the category of best actor for Oscar. The 38 year old actor, in an interview, spoke that he’s humbled and overjoyed on this historic achievement. He said:

“To be honest, I just feel like however people can find themselves in this moment, however they can find a connection to this moment, is beautiful to me,”

He also talked about how important it is to have such achievements:

“We should stretch culture so that it’s big enough and wide enough and expansive enough so that there’s space for all of us to find ourselves in it, to feel that we belong and that we’re included, and that we matter. These changes aren’t just something that’s good politically or socially. It’s something which allows stories and storytelling to get back to its original intention, which is to embrace all of us.”

The film ‘Sound of Metal’ features Riz as a drummer who lost his hearing and fears that he’ll lose everything because of the hearing loss issue. Ahmed’s soulful performance in this film is about a person who’s living in false belief trying to get back to the life he used to live before. The film is about health crisis and how it affects a person and force him to grow in unexpected ways.

The 93rd Academy Awards will be held on 25th of April at 8 pm ET on ABC. Riz Ahmed concluded his interview by saying:

“In a challenging year for so many, I hope this story can inspire us to forge new and deeper connections with ourselves and others’’

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