Oscars night was classic with surprise winners and big controversy that made the night awesome. Meanwhile, Oscars have become a platform or podium where histories were made and legends rose from the ground.
Just like British Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed who gained immersive popularity in Hollywood for his memorable roles and worked with big franchises. Last night, Riz Ahmed again made history by becoming the first Muslim actor to win the Oscars.
Yes! Riz Ahmed made it possible to win the Oscars for the best live-action short film “The Long Goodbye” which he co-write with Aneil Karia.
It was a big moment for him because he worked so hard to write this incredible short film and he even mentioned it in various interviews.
Riz Ahmed won best short film award – First Muslim to grab Oscar award
It was a precious moment for the Pakistani British actor, as last year he also made it to the headline for being nominated for his outstanding performance in Sound of Metal.
While accepting the award, 39, said: “In such divided times, we believe that the role of story is to remind us there is no ‘us’ and ‘them’. There’s just ‘us’.
“This is for everyone who feels like they don’t belong. Anyone who feels like they’re stuck in no man’s land. You’re not alone. We’ll meet you there. That’s where the future is. Peace.”
He also opened up on his fears that the decision to not broadcast certain awards would overshadow the celebration of the 94th Academy Awards. The Long Goodbye co-writer said, “I hope that the controversy wouldn’t ‘become the story.’”
Although this year’s Oscar winners surely shocked everyone especially the best picture award and Will Smith’s smack.
Recap of Long Goodbye nominations & Riz Ahmed’s excitement
When Long Goodbye got nominated, Riz Ahmed was over the moon and expressed his happiness over his social media account. He wrote, “On behalf of myself and Left-Handed Films, thank you to the Academy for recognizing The Long Goodbye for Best Live Action Short Film, and honoring Flee with a historic three nominations for Best Animation, Best Doc, and Best Intl Feature!”
He further continued, “It’s an amazing feeling to be here just one year into creating Left Handed Films. These are two deeply personal and urgent stories that are unique in their creative execution, and so close to our hearts. That’s the kind of work we want to make.”
Ahmed further shared, “The Long Goodbye was one of the most intense and important stories I have been a part of telling. Its power is down to the bold vision of our brilliant director, Aneil Karia, and our tirelessly dedicated cast and crew.
He concluded, “It’s a privilege to be part of these projects that, along with many others this year, stretch culture in powerful ways.”
Riz Ahmed has always been vocal too about Muslim violations and even raised their voice against the film industry portraying ‘Muslims Villainized’.
What do you think of the story? Tell us in the comments section below.