Mahershala Ali Wins Oscar For Best Supporting Actor For ‘Moonlight’
Actor Mahershala Ali won his first Oscar as he took home the Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Juan in Moonlight. In the critically acclaimed movie, Juan plays a drug dealer who is acted as a surrogate father to main character Chiron.
When taking the stage for his acceptance speech, Mahershala spoke about his past teachers and thanked the cast:
“I want to thank my teachers, my professors. I have so many wonderful teachers, and one thing that they consistently told me… was that it wasn’t about you. It isn’t about you, it’s about these characters. You’re in service to these stories and these characters, and I’m so blessed to have an opportunity. It was about Juan, it was about Chiron, it was about Paula.”
Moonlight tells the story of a young, gay black man (played across the film’s three chapters by Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes) coming of age in Miami’s impoverished Liberty City neighborhood. Ali, 43, portrays Juan, a local dealer who becomes an unlikely father figure to the boy in the first section.