Oscars 2017: Mahershala Ali is first Muslim actor to win academy award

Ali, who's known for his roles in TV's "House of Cards" and "Marvel's Luke Cage", also won best supporting actor at the Screen Actors Guild awards. Which is interesting timing, given Ali has been nominated for his first ever Oscar and the awards will be live on Sunday night. One thing that they consistently told me, that is wasn't about you, it's not about you, it's about these characters.

"It's about these characters". "Jordan said, '"Moonlight" you guys have won.' It threw me a bit", said Ali. "And I'm so blessed to have had an opportunity".

Ali's Oscar wasn't the only big moment of the night.

When Viola Davis accepted the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in August Wilson's "Fences", and gave the most inspiring speech of the night, it was getting a little hard to contain my excitement. He later would perform in his first all-black production during his senior year, and after graduating in 1996 he went on to study acting at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. '"I'm so thankful that God chose you to bring me into this world". "We just had our daughter four days ago..."

"Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true", director Barry Jenkins said in amazement when it was announced that "Moonlight", not "La La Land", had won. "And accept him. I hope that we do a better job of that".

'The awards-season experience. requires you to be out in the community, in the heart of the community, at the nucleus of the film community in a really committed way for about a six-month period of time, ' he explained. With tears in his eyes, the handsome actor thanked his teachers, cast, crew, producers and most importantly his wife in a tear filled speech.

"The people who taught me good or bad, how to fail, how to love, how to hold an award, how to lose: my parents", she said. When they took the stage they dedicated the award, and the film, to those Black and Brown young people who don't feel seen.

  • Salvatore Jensen