Riz Ahmed remembers Irrfan Khan after Gotham Awards win

British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed paid his tribute to his “Prerna” Irrfan Khan for Best Actor Award at the Gotham Awards 2021.

The 30th annual Gotham Awards was a “virtual-hybrid” event, held in New York on Monday night.

Ahmed, 38, won the award for director Darius Marder’s acclaimed drama Sound of Metal, which introduces him as a drummer who begins to lose his hearing.

During his virtual acceptance speech, the actor said that 2020 was a year of “great loss” and quoted Khan’s words, which he “always thinks about.”

“I want to mention Irrfan Khan, another great, tremendous actor whom we lost last year. Who is the word in my ears right now that I always think: ‘Surrender to the dance of uncertainty’, ” Ahmed, who is billed to be at the forefront of the Best Male Actor categories this award season said.

Khan, who elevated both Indian and international cinema alike, died in April 2020 after a two-year-long battle with a rare form of cancer.

Ahmed, who won a major acting Emmy Award for the HBO Limited series The Night of, had previously named Khan as an inspiration in life alongside the late American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

In his speech, Ahmed also referred to Bosman, who was nominated for his Swansong Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

He said that the Black Panther star led a life of great example and dignity.

The 43-year-old Bosman died in August 2020 in a four-year long private battle with colon cancer.

“It has been a crazy year for all of us. There is a lot of loss, a lot of time to reflect. One thing we learned was that we do not meet anywhere on our own. Our well being is dependent on each other. I feel the same way as an actor. Creativity is not a solo game.

“In that spirit, I would especially like to thank all other nominees for Chadwick Boseman for their work and inspiration. I found his work truly inspiring, the way he conducted himself, with such dignity and humanity, being an example to all of us, ”he said.

During the awards, Bosman was posthumously awarded the Gotham Awards Film Tribute Award.

The actor’s widow Taylor Simone Ledward gave an emotional speech about her death for the first time.

“He was the most honest person I’d ever met because he didn’t just stop speaking the truth: he actively discovered himself in and around him and at the moment.

“Truth can be a very easy thing to avoid in itself, but if one does not live in truth, it is impossible for your life to live in harmony with the divine purpose. And so it became how he was living his life, day in and day out. Incomplete and determined, ”Ledward said.

She said Bosman was a talented actor because he lived “many lives in his concentrated life”.

“He developed his understanding that it means no one, one, and all. To pour in and out of a pot, ‘he said. He used the power to let go and let God’s love shine… ( He) was not merely telling a story or reading lines on one page, but was building a path to true perfection, ”said Ledward.

Filmmaker Chloe Zhao’s play Nomadland, an important favorite, received two honors and the best award at the ceremony.

Nicole Behari, 36, was chosen as Best Actress for her work in the Channing Godfrey People’s Drama Miss Junnath.

HBO’s superhero show Watchman and Drama I Mest You You received the Breakthrough Series – Long Format and Short Format Awards respectively.

The Spanish Drama Identification features directed by Fernanda Valdez won Best International Feature honors.

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