Riz Ahmed on Oscar Nomination, Getting Married in Quarantine & Learning Sign Language

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Published on April 20, 2021

Riz talks about his Best Actor Oscar nomination, his cousin having no idea what the Oscars were, learning American Sign Language for Sound of Metal, the director Darius Marder accidently signing swear words, getting married in quarantine with a small wedding, and his surprise Scrabble wedding proposal.

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  • The wolf of Swingthat 3 years ago

    at one point i thought that is bruno fernandez

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  • Jessica Anderson 3 years ago

    Good to see him getting recognition.. Venom was a crap role but he was great in The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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  • oh my 3 years ago

    Fantastic answer, you just keep learning. Language (foreign or not), ourselves, others, “life”. It takes a predisposition to enjoy (or tackle) keep learning, so I’m interested to know more about Riz.

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  • Waryaa Wariiri 3 years ago

    Has any of the main Oscar nominations ever won by a Muslim? Hmm…

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  • Ved Tanwani 3 years ago

    Venoooom

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  • Nyima Tsering 3 years ago

    I don’t know the Oscars award as I used to know back then coz it’s become CCP regime show these days…

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  • Deshnie Moothalugan 3 years ago

    Loved this movie. Talented young man!! Can’t wait for more movies from him

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  • D.E. Sarcarean 3 years ago

    Any Weathering With You fans here?

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  • EjwiiiMovies 3 years ago

    Worth far more than the price of admission, truly a great film.

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  • Richard Caldwell 3 years ago

    You called your parents? Why? Parents hate their children and will do everything they can to hurt them. Or are my parents not typical?

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  • Ana H 3 years ago

    One of my favourite interviews!!!! Soooo funny, witty and informative.

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  • Arsalan Ahmad 3 years ago

    He did an amazing job in the movie, I hope he wins the Oscar as he deserves it and don’t get betrayed like in Golden Globes and BAFTA. Btw i love Jimmy he is such a genuine guy and know how to make and take a joke.

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  • Chelsea Canales 3 years ago

    Riz did a hell of a amazing job in the movie. He is so dedicated that he actually has to learn to sign language while making the movie.

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  • hamolina 3 years ago

    Fluent? Even his “nice ” doesn’t look fluent.

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  • Retired 3 years ago

    Great movie!

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  • BRUCE WAYNE 3 years ago

    RIz Ahmed should win the oscar

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  • Hayden Adams 3 years ago

    race baiter

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  • Monky Dollqueen 3 years ago

    When you take control of your attitude, you take control of your life.

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  • Claudio Merino 3 years ago

    Grande riz!!!!

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  • Tamara Calloway 3 years ago

    Why dose jimmy always have that same smile in the thumbnails on these zoom interviews lol

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  • Path Finder 3 years ago

    I was Shocked to hear the death of Chadwick Boseman, he deserve a tribute from academy but not a posthumous Oscar, Indeed golden Globes already gives him. Riz deserves the Oscar, because more than a year he practiced drummer and more than six months he learnd the sign language for ‘Sound of Metal’

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  • Blue Jay 3 years ago

    Jimmy WTF with your music guests. In my opinion, you put epic effort into the comedy and then let Adam Carolla book the music segment. Land one of these people and make the music match the comedy:
    JS Ondara
    Jason Isbell
    Sean McConnell
    Molly Tuttle
    John Moreland
    The Milk Carton Kids
    Or, hire me to book these guys and return Carolla back to his living hell

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  • T K 3 years ago

    Oh, I hope he wins!! He’s such an amazing person and a fantastic actor.

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  • Marcos Borges 3 years ago

    Coolest accent in Hollywood

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  • Gelis K 3 years ago

    “Just to get me through Covid” That killed me.

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  • Richard Parsley 3 years ago

    Fantastic interview!
    Now I need to find that perfect Scrabble partner~

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  • Kyber 3 years ago

    Sound of Metal was my favorite film from last year and should definitely win best picture

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  • molly cruz 3 years ago

    Sign language, which should be included in the curriculum at all primary schools; is the logical cure for a world separated by language. I heard all the American Indian tribes shared sign language while speaking different dialects. It’s also a beautiful art, instructive at several levels. As youngsters do with most things, they took to it like ducks to water.

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  • MarVal 911 3 years ago

    Sound of Metal, along with The Father, are 2020’s best movies in my opinion.

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  • Human Being 3 years ago

    American Sign Language is beautiful, performance art !!!

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  • Adam Dennis 3 years ago

    The movie sucked.

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  • Adam Dennis 3 years ago

    He is anti-american. Play it back and see the bits. Brits hate us. No credit to him. His “music” is quiii a boncha shite.

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  • Tabo Beeran 3 years ago

    I really want him to win the gold for this. He was amazing!

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  • Francesco Bozzelli 3 years ago

    The brits actor are the best…

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  • Kevin E. 3 years ago

    Riz! You must be the hardest working man in Hollywood. I’m so proud of your nomination. Sound of Metal was great! Please keep it up!

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  • googlefan 3 years ago

    Why did it take 7 1/2 month to learn a little ASL? Seems like a long time to learn – it probably is harder that it seems. I have to try it.

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  • mr traveller 3 years ago

    I watched the Sound of Metal last night. I had trouble catching my breath. Really made me think of deaf people

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  • Jeanne DiGennaro 3 years ago

    Such a wonderful actor and he appears to be a very charming, warm human being.

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  • Myles Gmail 3 years ago

    0:47 hahaha

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  • Weekend Watch 3 years ago

    This breezy canard to initiate his Oscar campaign began with a cafe, charger, jostling etc. Now on to chapter 2 before the actual awards ceremony to include scrabble, park, picnic, strung the words. Please do better, publicists. These are early 2000s tropes. Update the damn software. Happy that other Oscar nominees are all talking about work, new projects and not spinning absurd yarn or sappy family man/marriage proposals etc to lobby for awards.

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  • Weekend Watch 3 years ago

    Ask him about work. Which film is he doing next etc? No film announcements yet. Strange, as other nominees have moved onto talking about real work.

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  • Mike Flanagan 3 years ago

    Who?

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  • karon mcgregor 3 years ago

    That scene there will resonate with many deaf people, including myself. When you are partially deaf, or have very limited hearing, tinny sounds like that are very difficult to “put up with,” so as to speak. Rich, bass like tones are best to be able to listen with. So the way he portrays his struggling with the tinny sound during this hearing test is brilliantly done. Can’t wait to watch the movie now. So from one fellow Brit to the other, well done Riz.

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  • Neel71 3 years ago

    6:20 ‘defaming’ your director is a big no, no… and yet he does it anyway effortlessly [just kidding]

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  • Neel71 3 years ago

    Jimmy, u are an amazing and engaging host…

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  • Priscilla Wilson 3 years ago

    Kimmel is getting as bad as Letterman with the interrupting.

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  • Mark Lester 3 years ago

    He has also been great at just being happy to be there……..since, with all due respect, he is not going to win against Chadwick…….

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  • TimStamper 3 years ago

    First thing I saw him in was 4 lions and you knew he was going places

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  • T orF 3 years ago

    Eid Mubarak, Riz

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  • Daniel B 3 years ago

    I’m not saying the sound of metal is a bad movie, but it’s not amazing. I watched it. Are we starting to overhype, and over reward movies just because they’re inclusive?

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  • C Spinney 3 years ago

    LOVE Riz! Great interview and amazing performance.

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  • Muna Al-Mutairy 3 years ago

    So his full name is Rizwan
    It suits him
    I always wondered what Riz is short for!

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  • Yoha 3 years ago

    He’s such a great actor. Now I will definitely watch this movie

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  • Robin Clemens 3 years ago

    Hey Jimmy & Riz
    I saw SOUND OF METAL in an actual movie theatre!
    Support Independant movie houses!!

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  • Abdullah Mohammed 3 years ago

    Wait riz is english!?

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  • CutZy McCall 3 years ago

    Riz is so sweet-looking. Beautiful eyes. Sound of Metal is incredible, and I knew he’d be nominated,

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  • Jorge Jaime 3 years ago

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