Alim Kheraj
February 27, 2017 3:16 am

Last night’s Academy Awards was full of firsts, including Mahershala Ali’s historic win for Best Supporting Actor.

Along with Mahershala’s win for Best Supporting Actor, Moonlight also picked up the gongs for Adapted Screenplay and the prestigious Best Picture, despite a bit of a kerfuffle where La La Land was initially announced as the winner.

However, Mahershala Ali’s win wasn’t just amazing because of the role that he played in Moonlight, but because he is now the first Muslim actor to EVER win an Academy Award.

While Mahershala’s speech at the SAG Awards touched on his faith, the actor kept his Oscars speech pretty a-political, instead thanking his teachers and professors for helping him hone his craft.

Getting visibly emotional, Mahershala also thanked Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, before turning his attention to his wife, who recently gave birth to their first child. 

“I just want to thank my wife, who is in her third trimester during award season. We just had our daughter four days ago,” he said. “I just want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process and [for] really carrying me through it all. So, thank you, really appreciate it. Peace and blessings.” 

We couldn’t be happier for Mahershala Ali. Not only is this win 100% deserved (his role in Moonlight is pretty darn special), but it’s also so nice to see someone who is both black and a Muslim take the stage and be honored for their hard work and talent. What’s more, we’re sending Mahershala and his wife ALL our congratulations!

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