Barkhad Abdi: Oscar nomination is a 'dream come true'
Before the nominations, he was awake, not having been able to sleep the night before. That's not a huge shock when you're talking about a man who was a taxi driver in Minneapolis before getting his breakthrough role.
The excitement only grew for Abdi when he heard about the nomination.
While some seasoned actors begin to look disinterested after several nominations, Abdi is not in that category. "I'm really humbled and honored by all the nominations," he explains. "You can't get better than this."
He isn't wrong. It has been a good year for the actor, even if he didn't take home the Critics' Choice Award he was nominated for.