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British-Pakistani actor and musician, Riz Ahmed, has won his first Oscar for Aneil Karia’s live-action short film The Long Goodbye. Ahmed starred in the film and has also co-written and produced it.

Riz Ahmed opened up on his fears that the decision to not broadcast certain awards would overshadow the celebration of the 94th Academy Awards. During his conversation at backstage after bagging the award, Ahmed said that he hopes that the controversy wouldn’t ‘become the story’.

The 2022 ceremony of the prestigious ceremony decided to not air Best Production Design, Best Editing and Best Sound awards, causing massive backlash from film industry. Meanwhile, Ahmed’s Short Film win was announced in advance of the event.

In his acceptance speech, 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’.”

“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,” he added.

The Long Goodbye is based on Riz Ahmed’s album of the same, which was released last year. It focuses on a South Asian family in London who are accosted at their home by members of an an all-white militia.

This isn’t Ahmed’s first nomination. Last year, he was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a hearing-impaired drummer in Sound of Metal.

Here is the complete list of winners from the 94th Academy Awards:

Best Picture


Best Actress

Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Best Actor 

Will Smith – King Richard

Best Director

The Power of the Dog – Jane Campion

Best Original Song 

No Time To Die – No Time to Die; Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

Best Documentary Feature

Summer of Soul

Best Adapted Screenplay

CODA – Screenplay by Siân Heder

Best Original Screenplay 

Belfast – Written by Kenneth Branagh

Best Costume Design

Jenny Beavan – Cruella

Best International Feature

Drive My Car (Japan)

Best Supporting Actor

Troy Kotsur – CODA

Best Animated Feature


Best Original Score 

Hans Zimmer – Dune

Best Cinematography

Greig Fraser – Dune

Best Visual Effects 

Dune – Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer

Best Film Editing 

Joe Walker – Dune

Best Sound

Dune – Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett

Best Production Design

Dune – Production design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos

Best Makeup and Hairstyling 

The Eyes of Tammy Faye – Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh

Best Live Action Short

The Long Goodbye

Best Animated Short

The Windshield Piper

Best Documentary Short

The Queen of Basketball

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