There’s no question about it, no show has encapsulated the Muslim-American experience like ‘Ramy’—and it’s paying off. The hit Hulu series has been nominated for a staggering three Emmy awards.
The force behind the show, Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef, is officially competing for the Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Directing in a comedy series awards. The nominations are both figuratively and literally historical: ‘Ramy’ is the first Muslim-American sitcom to ever secure an Emmy nomination.
With the recently-released second season featuring Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali as Ramy’s sagacious sheikh, the show has been catapulted to new heights, with Ramy and Ali proving themselves to be the perfect pairing. Ali, who is already an Oscar-winner for his role in ‘Moonlight’, has also been nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Despite being at the receiving hand of major critical acclaim its first season, the show was overlooked by Emmy voters in 2019. But the show’s cultural significance only grew further in 2020, after Ramy snagged a Golden Globe win.
“Alhamdullilah” proclaimed 29-year-old Ramy Youssef on Instagram in Arabic to announce the news of his nominations. Whether or not he wins is undecided but the nominations are a major win for representation.