This is exciting! Mahershala Ali just won an Oscar for his role in Moonlight. This is his first nomination and win.
Moonlight is a coming-of-age film chronicling the life of a black man struggling with his sexuality from childhood to adulthood.
We loved Ali in the film, and are so happy he is walking away a winner. This is isn’t his first award for the role this award’s season. Those prizes he claimed include a SAG Award and National Society of Film Critics Award.
From Mahershala Ali’s speech for the Oscar:
I wanna thank my teachers and professors, I had so many wonderful teachers, and one thing they consistently told me was that it’s not about you, it’s about these characters. You’re a servant, you’re in service to these stories and these characters.
I’m so blessed to have had an opportunity. It was such a wonderful experience, thank you [director] Barry Jenkins, thank you Tarell Alvin McCraney [writer of the play Moonlight was based on]. I also want to thank my wife, we just had our daughter four days ago, so I just want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process and really carrying me through it all. Thank you, peace and blessings.
Other nominees in the Best Supporting Actor category were:
Jeff Bridges , “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges , “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel , “Lion”
Michael Shannon , “Nocturnal Animals”