The nomination is notable because the majority of Rakim’s lyrics relate to his identity as a Muslim, which has gone on to influence other contemporary Muslim rappers.
Ramy Youssef Calls for Cease-Fire, Roasts Jeremy Allen White & Kisses Mark Ruffalo at the 2024 Golden Globes
When asked about his friend and fellow Golden Globe winner Jeremy Allen White’s viral Calvin Klein commercial, Youssef took the moment to also address the ongoing violence in Gaza. He joked, "We're all thinking two things: cease-fire now, and Jeremy, please don't do another Calvin Klein ad."
Muslim American comedian and filmmaker Ramy Youssef had a busy evening at the 81st Golden Globe Awards ceremony last night.
Youssef used humor to call for a cease-fire in Palestine during an interview at the Golden Globes. When asked about his friend and fellow Golden Globe winner Jeremy Allen White’s viral Calvin Klein commercial, Youssef took the moment to also address the ongoing violence in Gaza. He joked, "We're all thinking two things: cease-fire now, and Jeremy, please don't do another Calvin Klein ad."
Youssef attended the event for his supporting role in “Poor Things” (2023), a black comedy film by Yorgos Lanthimos. Set in a partially fantastical 19th century Europe, the film follows Bella Baxter (Emma Stone) who, after being crudely resurrected by a scientist (Willem Dafoe) following her suicide, runs off with a lascivious lawyer (Mark Ruffalo) on a journey of self-discovery and sexual liberation. Youssef plays Max McCandles, assistant to Dafoe’s mad scientist and one of Bella’s love interests.
“Poor Things” was nominated seven times across six categories in the 2024 Golden Globes. The film won twice — once for Stone’s performance as best female actor in a film - musical or comedy, and once for best film - musical or comedy, edging out the frontrunner “Barbie” (2023) in both categories.
Youssef added an unexpected twist to the celebration of "Poor Things" winning the latter category. In a spontaneous and unconventional move, Youssef kissed his co-star Ruffalo, surprising and amusing the audience. The unexpected display of joy became a highlight of the night, contributing to the overall excitement surrounding the film's victory. The moment captured the spirit of the Golden Globe Awards, which has a history of memorable and unpredictable moments.
In 2020, Youssef won a Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a television series - musical or comedy for his starring role on “Ramy” (2019–), for which he also writes and directs. The show follows a first-generation Muslim American man “who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. It explores the challenges of what it is like being caught between an Egyptian community that thinks life is a moral test, and a generation that thinks life has no consequences” (via Deadline).