Mahershala Ali Becomes First Muslim Actor To Bag The Oscars


Los Angeles: Many in India may be disappointed that Dev Patel lost out on the coveted gold statuette at the ongoing 89th Academy Awards.

But the Oscars found itself adding another chapter to history today. Mahershala Ali, who bagged the award for the Best Actor In a Supporting Role for his performance in ‘Moonlight’, became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar.

Ali gave a humble speech, thanking all the important people in his life. “I want to thank my teachers, my professors… One thing they consistently told me… was that it wasn’t about you. It’s not about you, it’s about these characters, you are a servant. You’re in service to these stories and these characters,” he said.

Ali thanked ‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins and the film’s cast and crew. He also thanked his wife and four-day-old daughter.