Mahershala Ali has made history tonight (February 26th) at the Oscars. The Moonlight actor won best supporting actor for his portrayal of a drug dealer in coming of age drama Moonlight, which made him the first Muslim film star to win this award.
“I want to thank my teachers, my professors,” Ali said. “One thing that they consistently told me… ‘It’s not about you. It’s about these characters. You are a servant. You’re in service to these stories and these characters’.”
He also thanked his fellow cast members and his wife, who gave birth to their first child.
Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight tells the life story of a young African American struggling to find his place as he grows up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Congratulations Mahershala Ali!