Mahershala Ali Is The First-Ever Muslim To Win Not One, But *Two* Oscars

BY Harper's BAZAAR Arabia / Feb 25 2019 / 14:41 PM

He was all smiles taking home his second Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars last night

Mahershala Ali Is The First-Ever Muslim To Win Not One, But *Two* Oscars
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At last night's 91st Academy Awards, Mahershala Ali bagged his second Oscar for the same exact award, Best Supporting Actor - this time for Green BookHis first Oscar was for his career-defining role in Moonlight last year, which made him the first Muslim to ever win that particular category.

This year, he breaks his own record and becomes the first Muslim to receive not one, but two Best Supporting Actor awards.

Dedicating his award to his grandmother, Mahershala said during his touching speech, “I know I would not be here without her." He shared that she was his biggest fan, telling him he could do anything he put his mind to and encouraged him "to think positively."

The 45-year old has already won an armful of awards in the last year, including two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. He has also graced our screens starring in the last two Hunger Games films and as a supporting role in the Netflix political thriller series House of Cards.

Ali took on the role of Don Shirley as a black concert pianist in the 1960s-era comedy-drama Green Book (2018). The film went on to win three Oscars last night, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and, of course, Best Supporting Actor. 

Giving an appropriate "bravo" to Mahershala Ali on Twitter, the Green Book film's official Twitter page congratulated the two-time Oscar winner on his success last night. Ali also shared his big win on Instagram.


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