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Mahershala Ali has won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 Academy Awards for Moonlight-making history as the first Muslim to win in an acting category.
Ali beat out Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals).
Read Ali's full speech below:
My grandma would want me to button up. Wow. I want to thank my teachers, my professors, my so many wonderful teachers. One thing that they consistently told me... Ron van Lou, Ken Washington, said 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 and I'm so blessed to have had an opportunity. It was about Juan, it was about Paula. Cast and crew, such a wonderful experience.
Thank you Barry Jenkins, thank you Adele Romanski, who forced Barry to cast me. It's just such a wonderful experience and I have so many people to thank who have gotten me here, my manager, who have been with for ten years. Just thank you so much, and the rest of the cast who did wonderful work, any one of them could be up here right now holding this trophy. Such a gift, getting to work with you and be inspired by you and the performances that you all offered up.
Lastly, I just want to thank my wife, who is in her third trimester during award season. We just had our daughter three days ago. I just want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process and help and really carrying me through it all, so, thank you, really appreciate it. Peace and blessings.
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