British Pakistani actor, Riz Ahmed, on Monday, became the first Muslim to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is recognizing Ahmed for his performance in “Sound of Metal,” released last fall. He stars as Ruben Stone, a punk drummer and recovering addict who abruptly loses his hearing. The role required him to spend seven months learning to play the drums and use American sign language, Huff Post reported.
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. I’m equally thrilled for our visionary writer-director Darius Marder and the brilliant Paul Raci… pic.twitter.com/Z6ScOq08tf— Riz Ahmed (@rizwanahmed) March 15, 2021
Earlier, in 2017, became the first Muslim man to win an Emmy for his performance in HBO’s “The Night Of.”