Riz Ahmed becomes the first Muslim to be nominated for an Oscar!

In 2017, Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar; he took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight. 

He won Best Supporting Actor again in 2019 for his film Green Book. 

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Riz took to his Instagram to react when Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick announced his nomination. The 38-year-old actor shared several snaps from the films with a lengthy caption – he was thrilled!

Image – @theacademy , Instagram

He said: 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, as well as our editor Mikkel, sound designer Nicolas, and co-writer Abe Marder.’ 

He continued: ‘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.