“We belong, We matter”: Riz Ahmed from Sound of Metal, nominated for Oscar creates history as a 1st Muslim Best Actor in the lead actor category

"We belong, We matter": Riz Ahmed from Sound of Metal, nominated for Oscar creates history as a 1st Muslim Best Actor in the lead actor category

Riz Ahmed deserves to be the first Muslim actor to get an Oscar nomination in a lead role’: Director Darius Marder has said that British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed deserves to become the first Muslim actor to get an Oscar nomination in a lead role for his performance in the movie Sound of Metal. Marder pointed out that no Muslim has ever been nominated for a lead in a movie at the Oscars and hoped it changes with Ahmed.

 Riz Ahmed from Sound of Metal, nominated for Oscar creates history as a 1st Muslim Best Actor in the lead actor category
Riz Ahmed

Who is Riz Ahmed and where is he from?

The 38-year old actor, Rizwan Ahmed is also known as Riz MC, is an English actor, musician, and activist. Rizwan Ahmed was born on 1 December 1982 in Wembley, in the London borough of Brent, to a British Pakistani family. His parents are of Muhajir background. His father is a shipping broker. His parents moved to England from Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, during the 1970s. He is a descendant of Sir Shah Muhammad Sulaiman, the first Muslim to become the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court during the colonial era.

Riz Ahmed from Sound of Metal, nominated for Oscar creates history as a 1st Muslim Best Actor in the lead actor category
Riz Ahmed with his Family in London, smiling for a picture near Big Ben

Ahmed attended Merchant Taylor’s School, Northwood, through a scholarship programme. He graduated from Christ Church, Oxford University with a degree in PPE i.e, Philosophy, Politics and Economics which he has said he found to be a bizarre experience. He later studied acting at the Royal Central School of speech and drama.

Riz Ahmed’s best movie: Sound Of Metal (2019)

Darius Marder invites audiences into the world of touring heavy metal bands in Sound of Metal. Marder also provides some of the most honest portrayals of deafness in cinematic history through the film’s insane sound effects.

Sound of Metal follows Ahmed’s character, a drummer named Ruben, as his hearing rapidly deteriorates while traveling the country in the band he shares with his girlfriend. Ruben struggles to maintain his sobriety and accept his fate, eventually traveling to a safe home for deaf recovering addicts in search of the guidance he needs.

Which Movie is Riz Ahmed nominated for?

Riz Ahmed is the first Muslim nominated for lead actor Oscar. Actor Riz Ahmed makes Oscar history with his nomination as lead actor for “Sound of Metal.” Riz Ahmed made history Monday as the first Muslim nominated for the Oscar for lead actor with the recognition for his role in “Sound of Metal.”

Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal
Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal

Riz’s Reaction for becoming the first Muslim to get into the Oscar nominations

Riz Ahmed Reacts to Becoming Oscars’ First Muslim Best Actor Nominee: ‘We Belong, We Matter’

Riz Ahmed is the first Muslim performer to be nominated for Best Actor. Ahmed accomplished the feat with his acclaimed performance in Amazon’s “Sound of metal,” which is up for a grand total of six Academy Awards in 2021: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor for Paul Raci, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Sound.

Riz Ahmed tweeted:

“If there’s a way in which people can find themselves in this moment, and can feel inspired and connected on a deeper level, I’m all for it,” Ahmed told Deadline about his history-making Oscar nomination.

“Whether they see me as the first British Pakistani, or the first guy from Wembley, you know, there’s so many ways to view it. But as long as it feels like an opportunity for more people than ever before to really connect and feel included in this moment, that’s a blessing.”

The Oscars made history this year by nominating nine non-white performers across the four acting categories, to which Ahmed continued,

“It’s why we do it, to stretch our hearts and stretch our minds, and in the process stretch culture. 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.”

In a general statement released to the press, Ahmed also had this to say about his Best Actor nomination,

“I’m honored to be nominated by my fellow actors alongside such inspiring performances, and am grateful to the Academy for their support and encouragement. I’m equally thrilled for our visionary writer-director Darius Marder and the brilliant Paul Raci, as well as our editor Mikkel, sound designer Nicolas, and co-writer Abe Marder. These nominations represents the time, generosity and talents of so many — all of our incredible cast, crew, producers, and in particular I’d like to thank my mentors in the drumming, addiction recovery, and D/deaf communities.”

“‘Sound of Metal’ is about how a health crisis can cut you off from your life and loved ones, and force you to grow in unexpected ways,” the actor concluded. “In a challenging year for so many, I hope this story can inspire us to forge new and deeper connections with ourselves and others.”

Other achievements of Riz Ahmed

As an actor, he has won a Primetime Emmy Award and London Film Critics’ Circle Award, and received nominations for two Golden Globe Awards, two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, one Academy Award, and three British Independent Film Awards. He was initially known for his work in independent films such as The Road to Guantanamo (2006), Shifty (2008), Four Lions (2010), Trishna (2011), Ill Manors (2012), and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013), as well as television series such as Britz (2007) and Dead Set (2008), before his breakout role in the film Nightcrawler (2014).

In 2016, he appeared in the action film Jason Bourne, and played Bodhi Rook in the Star Wars Anthology film Rogue One. He also starred as a young man accused of murder in the HBO miniseries The Night Of, earning critical acclaim. At the 2017 Emmy Awards, he received two nominations, for his performance in The Night Of and his guest role in Girls; he won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for the former, becoming the first Asian male to win an acting Emmy, and the first Muslim and first Asian to win a lead acting Emmy.

He went on to play Carlton Drake in the film Venom (2018), and Ruben Stone in Sound of Metal (2020), the latter of which earned him critical praise, his second Golden Globe nomination (following The Night Of) and his first Academy Award nomination.

As a musician, he was a member of the Swet Shop Boys, earned critical acclaim with the hip hop albums Microscope and Cashmere, and earned commercial success charting on the US Billboard 200 topping Hamilton Mixtape, with his song “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” winning an MTV Video Music Award.

In 2020, Ahmed released The Long Goodbye, a critically acclaimed album with an award winning accompanying short film. As an activist, he is known for his political rap music, has been involved in raising awareness and funds for Rohingya and Syrian refugee children, and has advocated for representation at the House of Commons. In 2017, he was included on the front cover of the annual Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people.

Oscar Nominations for 2021: Best Actor

Here are the nominees:

Chadwick Boseman — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Riz Ahmed — Sound of Metal.

Anthony Hopkins — The Fater.

Gary Oldman — Mank.

Tahar Rahim — The Mauritanian.

Steven Yeun — Minari.

Delroy Lindo — Da 5 Bloods.

Sacha Baron Cohen — Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

The Ceremony will take place on April 25, 2021. Now February 28, the day the event was supposed to take place, is actually the cut off period for eligibility. So movies that come out in the early days of 2021 will be considered for this year’s awards.

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