One of the prominent and most in demand actors in Hollywood, Mahershala Ali created history after winning the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role on Sunday night at the 89th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles.
Mahershala Ali walked away with Best Supporting Actor trophy for ‘Moonlight’ and became the first Muslim actor to take the golden statuette home.
The 43-year-old was presented his first Oscar by actress Alicia Vikander at the 89th Annual Academy Awards, held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday night.
During his emotional Oscar winning speech, Ali showing gratitude thanked his “wonderful teachers” for inspiring him.
“My teachers told me that ‘it wasn’t about you but these characters’. It is service to these stories and characters. I would also thank the cast and crew for the wonderful experience,” Ali said.
He also had a special mention for his wife Amatus Sami-Karim.
“I would thank my wife who was in her third trimester. We just had a daughter three days ago. Thank you for being a soldier through this process,” Ali added.
Indian-origin actor Dev Patel, who attended the ceremony with his mother, was seen cheering for Ali when he was announced as the winner.
The ‘Lion’ actor was in contention for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Other contenders included Jeff Bridges for ‘Hell or High Water’, Lucas Hedges for ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and Michael Shannon for ‘Nocturnal Animals’.
The 89th Academy Awards is being hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the first time.