Riz Ahmed is the first Muslim to be nominated for Best Actor (not really)

18 Mar

For the Uncensored!

Riz Ahmed is nominated for his first Oscar, but he is technically not the first Muslim to be nominated for a Best Actor nomination. The Indian Express made the claim “Riz Ahmed, who has been nominated for his stellar act in Amazon movie Sound of Metal, is the first Muslim actor to be nominated in the Best Actor category. He is also the first actor of Pakistani descent to be contesting in the aforementioned category.”  (https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/hollywood/riz-ahmed-first-muslim-to-be-nominated-for-lead-actor-how-oscar-2021-nominations-made-history-7230871/).

            Again, being Muslim doesn’t encompass an actors capability. If the Indians actually remembered there history, they would remember that Ben Kingsley is of Indian “Gujarati” descent, which is the “west coast of India on the Kathiawar peninsula.” Just because Mr. Kingsley was born in England, shouldn’t mean we should forget the history of actors that come before Riz Ahmed. This widely misrepresented idea that there is no diversity in acting is the strength of SJW writing. It wants to create hostility and anger when the Indian Express’s claim is totally false.

            Ben Kingsley is of Indian descent, and he was nominated for portraying Mahatma Gandhi, in the biopic Ghandi, which went on to win 8 awards, out of 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Actor (which he won), Director (Sir Richard Attenborough), Best screen writing, Cinematography, Art direction, Costume design, and film editing.”

            It was a monumental film for the world, to see Ghandi’s life portrayed on the big screen. Counter to that, we had Salman Rushdie’s (to me vastly overrated) Midnight’s Children, which focuses on a Muslim’s life after the birth of Indian Independence. It’s hard to read the article seriously, when Mr. Rushdie has repeatedly won Booker awards for its revered relevance to literature and prose.

            It’s woke ideology that helps reinforce the stereotype that the Academy Awards is racist, when it’s certainly untrue. That’s why individual nations, outside America, have there own awards shows to honor there stars and celebrities. Why the Oscars are celebrated is beyond me. Movies were dead after 2005. When the worst advantage of a publication, like the Indian Express, ignores history in order to achieve woke status, isn’t surprising. 

            If the Indian Express wants to change there article, or provide context, they are welcome to do so. And let’s make no mistake, I have no ill will toward Riz Ahmed, as his portrayal of a drummer who loses his hearing, and has to adapt to his new lifestyle, looked like a good movie.

            I hope that Riz Ahmed goes on to do terrific performances, but my problem is with the notion of ignoring history for the sake of being woke to create hatred and anger, ignoring the history of cinema and all actors that do a good job without having a religion stamped onto there name. Since they were born yesterday, I had to help them remember what came before. 

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.  His next series, City of Sand, will be available sometime this year. 

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