Miami's 'Moonlight' just won the first Oscar of the night

Ali beat out Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals). "It was about Chiron". He also thanked his wife, who gave birth to their son four days ago, for being by his side throughout awards season.

Ali, 43, who played the mentor to a young black boy in "Moonlight", was one of a record seven actors of color nominated for Oscars this year, along with films that ranged from overlooked African-American female math geniuses ("Hidden Figures") to interracial marriage ("Loving") and black incarceration rates in modern USA society ("13th").

With his focus on film, Ali has made a huge splash with his role as a drug dealer in "Moonlight", for which he took home a SAG Award, a Critics' Choice Award and, now, an Oscar. Ali is the fifth black actor to win Best Supporting Actor while Davis is the seventh black actress to win Best Supporting Actress.

The actor announced back in December that he, and wife Amatus Sami-Karim, were expecting their first child. "I have so many wonderful teachers".

As he left and resumed his seat, talk show host Kimmel, hosting The Oscars for the first time, cracked what was quickly jumped upon by social media as a "tasteless" joke in which he suggested that Ali's surname must have made it a hard decision as to what to name the baby. "But right now just taking it a day at a time and really enjoying the opportunities we get to share the film".

Among all the predictions for who would win an Oscar this year, Ali was a prevailing favorite. "You are in service to these stories and these characters". "So that film has really impacted people sort of in a very different way than "Moonlight" so when their name was read I wasn't really surprised". "Thank you for being a soldier through this process", Ali added.

As for landing his Oscar-winning character from "Moonlight" Juan, Ali jokes, "I'm glad Idris [Elba] and David Oyelowo left me a job".

  • Salvatore Jensen