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Oscars 2021: Riz Ahmed becomes first Muslim lead actor nominee

He has been nominated for Sound of Metal

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 16, 2021 | Last Updated: 9 months ago
Posted: Mar 16, 2021 | Last Updated: 9 months ago

Photo: Instagram/Riz Ahmed

British-Pakistani star Riz Ahmed has become the first Muslim to be nominated for the lead actor Oscar for his role in Sound of Metal, Los Angeles Times reported.

“I’m honoured to be nominated by my fellow actors alongside such inspiring performances,” Riz said on Monday. “I am grateful for the Academy for their support and encouragement.”

He thanked Darius Marder, who has written and directed the film, and fellow actor Paul Racey. 

Riz was the first Muslim as well as Asian to win an Emmy for The Night of in 2017. The Venom actor has become the second actor of Asian descent alongside Minari’s Steven Yeun to win Academy nominations for lead actor in the same year.

Riz played Ruben Stone in Sound of Metal, a drummer who loses his hearing. He trained extensively for the role, learning the American Sign Language and drumming. He attended drug recovery sessions as well.

Sound of Metal was nominated for the Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, and Spirit Awards. 

The 93rd Academy Awards will take place on April 25, 2021.

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