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Pakistani born comedian Kumail Nanjiani earns Oscar nomination

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Pakistani-American actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani has been nominated for best original screenplay at the Oscars for ‘The Big Sick’.

His wife Emily V Gordon who co-wrote his debut film is also nominated for the award. 

‘The Big Sick’ is a drama romance that depicts Kumail’s romantic life with real wife Emily V Gordon. Kumail played himself in the movie, with Zoe Kazan playing the role of his girlfriend Emily. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano were cast as Emily’s parents and Bollywood legend Anupam Kher played Kumail’s father in the film. 

In his early interviews, Kumail Nanjiani said: “It’s important for kids to see themselves in the stuff they watch. But more than that, I think it’s important that people from different points of view are behind the camera telling the stories, writing them, directing them”.

Soon after the announcement, Nanjiani took to Twitter to congratulate his wife for the nomination. In his tweet, he referred to her as ‘Academy Award Nominee’.

Kumail shared his wonderful experience of co-writing ‘The Big Sick’ with his wife.

He said: “I feel like it really brought us together closer partially because what we were writing about was so personal to us but also because reading someone’s writing can be a very intimate experience and reading someone’s rough drafts can be a very intimate experience,” he said. “And [Gordon’s] such a remarkable, wonderful, empathetic writer. I think it just really made me fall in love with her more.”

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‘The Big Sick’ has some tough competition with ‘Get Out’, ‘Lady Bird’, ‘The Shape Of Water’, and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ — all of which received a nomination for Best Picture.

The couple is receiving huge love on social media from the people for their nomination for Oscars.

His tweet of congratulations to Emily V Gordon has garnered approximately 30,000 likes and generated hundreds of comments.