In one of the most historic moments in the Academy Awards, a Muslim won an Oscar for the Best Actor in supporting role in the just concluded 89th edition of Oscar Awards. Mahershala Ali triumphed as expected but you know what made it all so historic? First, he is the first ever Muslim to win an Oscar. Secondly, he did it when the regime is so hard on Muslims. See? He is the fifth black actor to win a supporting actor award.
“I want to thank my teachers, my professors,” the “Moonlight” he said in his acceptance speech. “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 added.
Who exactly is Mahershala Ali? Mahershalalhashbaz “Mahershala” Ali was born 43 years ago in Oakland USA. He was born to a Christian mother but later converted to Islam and changed his name from Gilmore to Ali. He has starred in a number of movies, in Netflix’s House Of Cards, Luke Cage, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay parts 1 and 2 and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. He however won this award for his role as a drug dealer in the movie ‘Moonlight’.
He has a wife, Amatus Sami-Karim with whom they recently (22nd of February 2017) welcomed a bouncing baby girl named Bari Najma.
“I want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process, and carrying me through it all,” he said about his wife.
Wait, one more useless fact, ha named his cat Nas, after the famous rapper.
Watch his acceptance speech here;