The Long Goodbye scores Riz Ahmed his first Academy Award

The Long Goodbye scores Riz Ahmed his first Academy Award

The Long Goodbye scores Riz Ahmed his first Academy Award
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It has been quite the year for Pakistani-British actor Riz Ahmed, who won the Best Live Action Short Film for The Long Goodbye at the Oscars this year. It was one of the eight categories that were dropped from the televised portion of the ceremony. But this isn’t the first time the actor was nominated for an Academy Award. The star was also nominated for Best Actor last year but failed to win. Fortunately this year, the actor’s efforts have finally paid off scoring him his first Academy Award triumph.

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The actor gave an inspirational acceptance speech as he accepted the award for his short film. Emphasising the importance of not letting anyone feel left out. Ahmed stated, “We feel that the purpose of story in these divided times is to remind us that there is no such thing as “us” and “them.” There is only ‘we’. This is for anyone who doesn’t feel like they belong. Anyone who feels like they’re in the middle of nowhere. You’re not the only one who feels this way. We’ll be waiting for you there. That’s where the future is. Peace.”

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The Long Goodbye, a short film by Riz Ahmed, incorporates music from Ahmed’s 2021 album of the same name. The plot follows a South Asian family in London that is harassed at their house by members of an all-white militia in this live-action short. The introduction of the Best Live Action Short Film category, as well as other categories. Such as Best Production Design, Best Editing, and Best Sound, was omitted from the live telecast of the ceremony. Which had previously generated much criticism.

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