Actor Mahershala Ali on February 26 made history when he won the Best Supporting Actor award for the movie ‘Moonlight’ at the Oscars.
Ali is now the first Muslim actor ever to win an Academy award and he defeated the likes of India’s Dev Patel (Lion), Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) to achieve this feat.
Ali, in the movie ‘Moonlight’, had played the role of Juan, a crack dealer who took Chiron under his wing to protect him from the emotional abuse dealt out by his mother (Naomie Harris).
The movie ‘Moonlight‘ is in itself is a coming-of-age drama that follows the life of protagonist Chiron through three stages of his life.
Though Oscars over the night was an event of many firsts, it ended up creating news for all the wrong reasons.
The award ceremony had a huge goof up when veteran actor Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope and he ended up wrongly announcing “La La Land” as the winner of “The Best Picture” award instead of “Moonlight”.
Ali though was given a standing ovation by spectators when he came to receive his award.
He even gave an emotional speech at the event, where he not only praised the film but even remembered his teachers, who taught him a valuable lesson in life.
“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].”