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Here are all the prominent Muslim artists who have been nominated or won an Academy Award


Here are all the prominent Muslim artists who have been nominated or won an Academy Award


There have been a total of 30 Muslims who have been nominated for an Academy Award until now and we have compiled a list of the most prominent ones which are as follows:

Riz Ahmed: 

Rizwan Ahmed, of Pakistani origin, also known as Riz MC, is an English actor, musician, and activist. As an actor, he has won a Primetime Emmy Award and London Film Critics’ Circle Award, two Golden Globe Awards, two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three British Independent Film Awards. 

Academy Nomination: Riz Ahmed, British actor and musician has become the first Muslim to be nominated for the Academy Award’s Best Actor category for his role in the movie Sound of Metal. 

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: 

Sharmeen is a Pakistani-Canadian journalist, filmmaker and activist known for her work in films that highlight the inequality with women. 

She has also won six Emmy Awards and a Knight International Journalism Award. In 2012, the Government of Pakistan honoured her with the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian honour of the country and the same year Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She holds the record for being the first female film director to have won two Academy Awards by the age of 37. 

Academy Nomination: She is the recipient of two Academy Awards, for Best Documentary (Short Subject), Saving Face in 2011 and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, in 2015. 

A. R. Rahman: 

Rahman is an Indian film composer, record producer, singer, and songwriter who works predominantly in Tamil and Hindi films. In 2010, the Indian government awarded him the Padma Bhushan, the nation’s third-highest civilian award. Among Rahman’s awards are six National Film Awards, along with two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, fifteen Filmfare Awards and seventeen Filmfare Awards South. 

Academy Nomination: He won two Academy Awards in the category of best original song and best original score for Slumdog Millionaire. 

Mahershala Ali: 

Mahershala is an American actor and former rapper who is the recipient of three Screen Actors Guild Awards, a BAFTA award, a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award. 

Academy Nomination: He won two Academy Awards for best supporting actor in Moonlight and Greenbook. 

Asif Kapadia: 

Asif is a British filmmaker. His early award-winning films include The Sheep Thief (1997), winner of the 2nd Prize Cinéfondation for Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival, and The Warrior (2001), winning the BAFTA Award for Best British Film 2003  

Academy Nomination: He won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Amy. 

Kumail Nanjiani: 

Kumail Ali Nanjiani is a Pakistani-American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and podcaster primarily known for his role as Dinesh in the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley (2014–2019) and for co-writing and starring in the romantic comedy film The Big Sick (2017). For co-writing the latter with his wife, Emily V. Gordon,  

Academy Nomination: He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2018, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. 

Kami Asgar: 

Kami Asgar is an Iranian-American Supervising Sound Editor. Asgar is an industry professional and has over 60 credits as sound producer/editor in both film and television. He is also the first and (to date) only Middle Eastern person nominated for Sound. 

Academy Nomination: He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Sound for film Apocalypto in 2006. 

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