May 1: Riz Ahmed
"Rizwan Ahmed's 2016 was electric. He began it with the Riz MC mixtape Englistan, then as the star of HBO's feted miniseries The Night Of, which scored three Golden Globe nominations including one for Ahmed as Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film. He ended it as a good-hearted Imperial defector in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which grossed $1 billion..."
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May 31, 2017