British Pakistan Actor Riz Ahmed has won his first Oscar for Best Short Film (Live Action) for The Long Goodbye with Aneil Karia.
Accepting the award, Ahmed 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’.”
He continued: “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.”
Back in 2020, Ahmed released the concept album The Long Goodbye. The LP saw the British-Pakistani actor, musician, and activist recounting what it’s like to be Brown and British in the modern day.