Tazeen Ahmad was one of the first South Asian Muslim women to progress steadily up the slippery ladder of broadcast journalism to reach its upper echelons.
The 81-year-old film star, a longtime activist and exercise guru has been leading what she calls "fire drill Fridays" and has been arrested for civil disobedience for the past three Fridays.
The movement against sexual misconduct is to take centre stage at this year's prestigious awards as many female stars and other guests are expected to dress in black as a statement of solidarity with victims of harassment and abuse.
Steeped in Cold War secrecy, the tale of a cleaner at a US government lab and the Russians who are after her discovery, is in the running for several awards, including best film and special visual effects.
The film's leading actress, Emma Stone, put US politics in the spotlight in her speech at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.
Hollywood musical 'La La Land,' starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, leads the pack with 11 nominations, including best film.
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