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Oscars 2021: Riz Ahmed becomes first Muslim nominated for best actor

Riz Ahmed has become the first Muslim to be nominated for best actor at the Oscars, and reacted by speaking about the role of art in ’embracing all of us’.


The actor has been given a nod for his performance in the film, in which he plays a drummer who loses his hearing.

Riz is up against Sir Anthony Hopkins, Chadwick Boseman, Gary Oldman and Steven Yeun for the prize.

He told Deadline: ‘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. 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 British star continued: ‘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.’

Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim to win an Academy Award in 2017, when he won best supporting actor for Moonlight, and again in 2019 for Green Book.

He also tweeted: ‘Wow! I’m honoured to be nominated by my fellow actors alongside such inspiring performances, and am grateful to the Academy for their support and encouragement.’

Sound of Metal is also in the running for best picture alongside The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Oscars 2021 nominations

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Director

Thomas Vinterberg  – Another Round

David Fincher – Mank

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Actress in a leading role

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Gary Oldman – Mank

Steven Yeun – Minari

Actress in a supporting role

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Youn Yuh-jung  – Minari

Actor in a supporting role

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Leslie Odom Jr – One Night In Miami

Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

Best costume design

Emma

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Mulan

Pinnochio

Best original score

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul

Best adapted screenplay

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father

Nomadland

One Night In Miami

The White Tiger

Best original screenplay

Judas and the Black Messiah

Minari

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Animated short film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You

Opera

Yes-People

Live action short film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

Documentary feature

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher

Time

Documentary short subject

Colette

A Concierto is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

International Feature Film

Another Round – Denmark

Better Days – Hong Kong

Collective – Romania

The Man Who Sold His Skin – Tunisia

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal

Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

News of the World

Tenet

Film editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet

Makeup and hairstyling

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Pinocchio

Animated feature film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

Original song

Fight For You – Judas and the Black Messiah

Hear My Voice – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Husavik – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Io Si (Seen) – The Life Ahead

Speak Now – One Night in Miami

 

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