Golden Globes 2020: Ramy Youssef Accepted His Award and Said ‘Allahu Akbar’
Ramy isn’t the first Muslim to win a Golden Globe, but this award is unique for how he celebrated
The 77th Golden Globes held in Los Angeles last night seemed to break a lot of records and create history. Ramy Youssef of Egyptian descent won the first Golden Globe of the night winning in the Best Actor in a Comedy Series for the show titled Ramy. However, one of the most iconic moments from him accepting the award was when he got on stage and said, “I would like to thank my God. Allahu akbar. Thank you, God.” Wearing his fancy maroon suit and ivory white kicks, Youssef strutted up the stage, hugged Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston before giving an acceptance speech.
Ramy in his speech said, “Look, I know you guys haven't seen my show," joking as he accepted the award and laughed along with the crowd. "We made a very specific show about an Arab-Muslim family living in New Jersey and this means a lot to be recognized on this level. So I want to thank everyone who was involved." He then shared that his mom was actually rooting for Michael Douglas, who was nominated in the category for his role Netflix’s The Kominsky Method. “Egyptians love Michael Douglas,” quipped Ramy. The actor isn’t the first Muslim to win a Golden Globe, but this award is unique for how he celebrated.
Ramy’s show Ramy explores the experience of a young Egyptian-American Muslim man living in New Jersey, who believes in God and embraces his heritage, while blending them with his American life. The comedy is loosely based on Ramy’s life and his experiences as a stand-up comedian. Ramy’s portrayal of the titular character in his comedy was much praised when the series premiered in April 2019, as was the show itself. The actor is currently working on season Two of Ramy for which airs on Hulu, with help from another Muslim who won a Golden Globe, Mahershala Ali.