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First, Ali gave a shout-out to all of his mentors, as well as his co-stars and the crew of the Best Picture nominee. Then, he turned his attention to the love of his life. "Lastly, I just want to thank my wife, who was in her third trimester during awards season, who just had our daughter four days ago." He continued, "I just want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process, and really carrying me through it all. So thank you, I really appreciate it. Peace and blessings."
Ali's beautiful tribute (which you can watch in full below) was touching and genuine — and a message heard all too rarely at glitzy awards shows. Recognizing his wife's support of him throughout the awards show circuit for Moonlight was heartening to hear.
The pair, who wed in 2013, shared the news of their first child together on Instagram on Friday. Ali posted a precious photo of Amatus holding their newborn, taken over her shoulder. "Bari (Bar-ee) Najma Ali