Riz Ahmed makes Oscar history as first Muslim Best Actor nominee
Riz Ahmed is making Oscar history.
Ahmed previously broke barriers at the Emmys in 2017, when he won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for The Night Of and became the first Muslim actor and first Asian actor to win in a lead acting category.
Ahmed stars in Sound of Metal as Ruben, a punk drummer and recovering addict who loses his hearing. Darius Marder's drama first premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, and the role required Ahmed to spend weeks practicing his drumming and learning American Sign Language. Ahmed has since earned raves for his performance, scoring nominations at the Golden Globes, the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
"It's been a really long journey for this movie — and even longer for [director] Darius Marder, who started working on this movie 13 years ago," Ahmed previously told EW. "It's something that has been so close to his heart, and so close to all our hearts who worked on this — kind of like a little family that formed over this intense, low-budget shoot that took place against the odds. It's one of those crazy stories where you don't know if anyone will see this or how it will all turn out — but it did in this incredible way that people seem to be connecting with."
See the full list of this year's Oscar nominations here.
The winners will be announced at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, April 25. It will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
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