Ground Report | New Delhi: Riz Ahmed reflected on the “role of history” during an acceptance speech for best short film (live-action) at this year’s Oscars. The 39-year-old actor and musician took the stage during the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles to accept the award for The Long Goodbye.
The 11-minute film, directed and co-written by Aneil Karia, who accompanied him on stage, which is also co-written and starring Ahmed, follows a family preparing for a wedding celebration when “events unfolding in the outside world suddenly arrive at his door.
Speaking on stage, Ahmed said: “In such divided times, we believe the role of history is to remind us that it’s not us and them, it’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 are not alone, we will meet you there. That’s where the future is.”
Last year, Ahmed was nominated in the best actor category for Sound Of Metal, where he played a drummer who loses his hearing but lost to Sir Anthony Hopkins, who won for The Father.
Who is Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed was born on December 1, 1982 in Wembley, London Borough of Brent. He was born into a British Pakistani family and his parents are of Muhajir origin. Interestingly, he is a descendant of Sir Shah Muhhamad Sulaiman, who was the first Muslim to become Chief Justice of Allahabad during the colonial era.
He graduated from Christ Church Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), which he described as a “strange” experience. He then went on to study acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
In the latest Riz Ahmed relationship news, he revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in January 2021 that he is married to American novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza.