Vellani and Nanjiani Nominated for Hollywood Critics Awards

Vellani and Nanjiani Nominated for Hollywood Critics Awards

Two Muslim actors have been nominated for their work in television by the Hollywood Critics TV  Awards, streaming edition.

Actress Iman Vellani was nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Streaming Movie for her work on "Ms. Marvel." "Ms. Marvel" is a miniseries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that features Vellani as the lead Kamala Khan/Ms Marvel. The series, created by Bisha K. Ali is on the Disney+ streaming service and follows Vellani's character as a 16-year-old fangirl of the Avengers who struggles to fit in until she gains her own powers. "Ms. Marvel'' premiered on June 8, 2022, and ran for six episodes until July 13. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 98% approval rating. 

On the men's side, Kumail Nanjiani was nominated for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Streaming Movie for his work in “Welcome To Chippendales.” That show is a miniseries on Hulu that follows the life of Steve Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who founded the largest and first male strip joint, Chippendales. His life then turns when he burns it down and ends up becoming an accessory to murder. Nanjiani plays Banerjee and served an executive producer on the miniseries. 

Both “Ms. Marvel” and “Welcome to Chippendales” were also nominated for Best Streaming or Limited Series.

The Hollywood Critics Awards was established in 2016 to highlight and elevate diverse and underrepresented voices within the world of entertainment criticism and journalism. The HCA contains a diverse group of critics and entertainment journalists "who represent a new era in Hollywood."