Actor Mahershala Ali has won for Best Supporting Actor at the 89th Academy Awards for his role in Moonlight. Directed by Barry Jenkins, Moonlight is a coming-of-age tale about a homosexual African-American boy living in Florida. Split into three stages of the protagonist’s life, the narrative is crafted like incisive poetry.
Ali is the first Muslim to take home an Oscar in the show’s entire history. Watch Ali’s moving speech in the video above, and check out Twitter’s reaction to the historic win below.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 27, 2017
MAHERSHALA ALI!!!!! @moonlightmov
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) February 27, 2017
MAHERSHALA ALI!!!! Moonlight moved my soul. What a performance
— roxane gay (@rgay) February 27, 2017
Mahershala Ali… well done sir
— OldMan Ebro (@oldmanebro) February 27, 2017
Congratulations, old friend. https://t.co/21kqiez4HF
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) February 27, 2017
In tears. Mahershala!!!! Deserved. #Oscars
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 27, 2017