Oscars 2017: Mahershala Ali becomes the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award

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New Delhi | Updated: February 27, 2017 9:45:36 AM

Oscar 2017: Mahershala Ali was awarded for his role in the film Moonlight.

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In a first, Mahershala Ali against all the odds won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role during the 89th Academy Awards on Monday morning. He became the ever Muslim actor to win an Academy Award in the history but gave a very humble speech. Ali was awarded for his role in the film Moonlight and started his speech by saying, “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.”

Ali also thanked the director of Moonlight, Barry Jenkins and film’s cast and crew. This week has been really special for Ali, whose daughter was born just 4 days ago. “I want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process, and carrying me through it all,” he added. Ali’s victory is of political significance as well after the White House decided to place restrictions on individuals from several Muslim-majority nations. he is now the fifth black actor to win a Supporting Actor Oscar.

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Ali’s win also means a heartbreak for the Indian fans as the Indian-origin actor Dev Patel was also nominated in the same category for his role in the film Lion but failed to get his hands on the trophy. The other major nomination in this category was of Michael Shannon who gave a breathtaking performance in Nocturnal Animals.

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Among the other major categories, Zootopia won the award for the best-animated film, La La Land won the award for Best Cinematography and The White Helmets won the Academy Award for best Documentary-Short. Disney’s The Jungle Book which was a major hit in India as well won the Academy Awards for visual Effects. One of the major attractions of this year’s award night was actor Priyanka Chopra who arrived at the Oscars Red Carpet, dressed in a Ralph & Russo gown.

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