Mahershala Ali Oscar speech

Oscars 2017: Mahershala Ali Wins Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight

Moonlight shined early at the 89th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night, where Mahershala Ali claimed the night’s first prize, for Best Supporting Actor.

In the acclaimed Moonlight, Ali plays Juan, a Miami drug dealer who acts as surrogate father to a young boy who struggles with a crack-addicted mom (played by Naomie Harris) and perpetual bullying.

In accepting his Oscar, Ali said, “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].”

To grab gold, Ali bested fellow nominees Jeff Bridges (Hell of High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals). He previously won a Screen Actors Guild Award in the same category for Moonlight, as well as earned a Golden Globe nod.

Ali’s win came just days after he and wife Amatus Sami-Karim welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Bari Najma.

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8 Comments
  1. Joey says:

    So grateful he won. He has had a fantastic year with his roles in House of Cards, Luke Cage, Moonlight and Hidden Figures. Hopefully he’ll have lots more to come.

  2. Maa says:

    Now that’s more like it, hum….what a great actor and a hunk!

  3. Myexbff says:

    So much grace and elegance. Bravo!

  4. Kate says:

    Really happy for him. I was rooting for him and Dev and loved how sincere, simple and authentic his speech was. Really rare at the Oscars where everyone is trying to stand out by being overly emotional and eloquent.

  5. Anne says:

    I’m really happy for him, well deserved. He’s had such a long and varied career, was glad to see him recognized in such a grande way

  6. Olga Stewart says:

    I guess no one remembers that he was on CROSSING JORDAN?