12 April.London, UK
Riz's parents came to Britain from Pakistan in the 1970s and he grew up in Wembley, North London. (Photo credit: Instagram/Riz Ahmed)

  • He is the first Muslim to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in ‘Sound of Metal’
  • He played deaf drummer Ruben Stone in Darius Marder's film
  • The actor’s parents came to Britain from Pakistan in the 1970s

12 April.London, UK
BAFTA 2021 is a virtual event. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@AnthonyHopkins)

  • He faced tough competition from Tahar Rahim and others 
  • BAFTAs received heavy criticism last year for lack of diversity in nominations
  • 'Nomadland' and 'Rocks' led the nominations this year

9 March.London, UK
BAFTA Film Award ceremony is scheduled for April 11, 2021. (Photo Credit: Twitter/BAFTA)

  • 16 of the 24 acting nominees this year coming from an ethnic minority group
  • Also, Four women are nominated in the best director category
  • The winners will be announced at a ceremony without a live audience on 11 April