It's no secret that we've been fans of Riz Ahmed for a while now, but after his Emmy win for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie, it's obvious that the British actor is wowing fans and critics across the pond, too. The win for his role in the HBO miniseries The Night Of wasn't just well-deserved; it was also historic and made him the first-ever male actor of South Asian descent to win an acting Emmy (with the first actress being Archie Panjabi in 2010).
Riz, who's never shied away from using his stage to highlight societal issues, took to the winner's podium with a rousing message about the part TV and film play in shedding a light on the realities faced by marginalised people. The actor said, "It's always strange reaping the rewards of a story that's based on real-world suffering, but if this show has shone a light on some of the prejudice in our society, [like] Islamophobia, some of the injustice in our justice system, maybe that's something." He then went on to expand on his speech to press backstage. See the video above.