Riz Ahmed is scheme to construct up the British Self sustaining Film Awards’ high honor, The Richard Harris Award, at this one year’s ceremony.
The prize, given to an actor or actress who has “contributed drastically to British movies all thru their profession,” will behold Ahmed join the ranks of old honorees, along with Kristin Scott Thomas, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julie Walters, John Harm, Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent and Glenda Jackson.
Ahmed — who first broke out in Michael Winterbottom’s 2006 film Road to Guantanamo and has since become a major world superstar which means of Nightcrawler, Rogue One, Jason Bourne, Venom and most up-to-date indie hit The Sound of Steel (for which he earned an Oscar nomination) — has accrued eight BIFA nominations over time. In 2020, he claimed each and every presumably top-of-the-line debut screenwriter award for Mogul Mowgli, his first foray into feature film writing, and simplest British immediate film for The Long Goodbye, which he co-created and starred in. This one year, he’s nominated in presumably top-of-the-line actor class for Michael Pearce’s Stumble upon.
“I am grateful to the British Self sustaining Film community for his or her astronomical strengthen all thru all these years,” acknowledged Ahmed, who has also become one amongst presumably the most prominent British advocates for diversity on display conceal conceal, currently launching a recent initiative for Muslim representation in media. “To build up the Richard Harris Award on the BIFAs this one year is an efficient honor, I am hoping so as to proceed to study from of us that came earlier than me whereas encouraging the rising expertise to exercise their ingenious desires.”
Damian Harris, in whose father’s memory the award is presented, added: “Riz has already had an especially spectacular profession, as an actor, producer and activist. He’s a magnificent winner of the Richard Harris award for his work and contribution to British impartial film.”
Ahmed is an executive producer on Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s seriously acclaimed inspiring documentary Soar, hotly tipped for an Oscar nomination, and is on the moment working on a movie adaptation of creator Mosin Hamid’s simplest-promoting e book, Exit West, directed by Yann Demange, by the exercise of his manufacturing firm Left Handed. Left Handed has a major-ogle TV deal with Amazon Studios.
“In all that he does, Riz demonstrates that an actor’s contributions need now now not be confined to the size of the display conceal conceal,” acknowledged BIFA. “The picks he makes each and every as a filmmaker, as a performer and as an activist spotlight his persevered commitment to constructing but every other that better represents the audiences it serves. We’re happy that Riz is accepting this one year’s Richard Harris Award in recognition of his outstanding work, each and every on-display conceal conceal and off.”
The British Self sustaining Film Awards will be held in London on Dec. 5.