Mahershala Ali has become the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. He has won Best Supporting Actor at this year’s Oscars ceremony for his role in Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed drama Moonlight. Ali converted to Islam in 1999.
Ali gave an emotional speech in which he praised the film: “I had so many wonderful teachers [growing up], and one thing that they consistently told me was it wasn’t about you, it’s not about you. It’s about these characters. You’re in service to these stories and these characters. And I’m so blessed to have had an opportunity [to do that].”
Ali also paid tribute to his wife who gave birth to their daughter last week. He was born in 1974, in Oakland, California. He is an Ahmadi Muslim and a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
He began his career on a serious such as Crossings Jordan and Threat Matrix. His first major film release was The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Ali received universal acclaim from critics for Moonlight and has won SAG Award and Critics Choice Award for Best-Supporting Actor.
Overall, La La Land won six awards on the night and Viola Davis also made history at the Oscar as she became the first black woman to complete ‘Triple Crown Of Acting’ by winning an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy.
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