US-Muslim actor Mahershala Ali nabs another Oscar as ‘Green Book’ wins top prize

US-Muslim actor Mahershala Ali nabs another Oscar as ‘Green Book’  wins top prize
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Mahershala Ali also won the Best Suppporting Actor Oscar in 2017. (File/AFP)
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Rami Malek and Mahershala Ali won the two acting prizes at the Oscars. (File/AFP)
Updated 25 February 2019

US-Muslim actor Mahershala Ali nabs another Oscar as ‘Green Book’ wins top prize

US-Muslim actor Mahershala Ali nabs another Oscar as ‘Green Book’  wins top prize
  • The film from Universal Pictures stars Mahershala Ali as an African-American concert pianist in the 1960s
  • The 44-year-old won also Best Supporting Actor in 2017 for “Moonlight”

DUBAI: Mahershala Ali won his second Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars on Sunday night, for his performace in “Green Book,” the 91st Academy Award's Best Picture.

The film from Universal Pictures stars Mahershala Ali as an African-American concert pianist in the 1960s and Viggo Mortensen as his driver. It won three Oscars on Sunday, including best supporting actor for Ali and best original screenplay.

Ali dedicated his award to his grandmother, whom he said told him “that I could do anything I put my mind to” and pushed him “to think positively.”

“I know I would not be here without her,” he said on stage.

 

 

The 44-year-old won Best Supporting Actor in 2017 for “Moonlight” when he again made history as the first Muslim to triumph in the category.

Ali, born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore to a Christian mother in Oakland, California in 1974, converted to Islam in 1999.

“It just felt like a life sign. I’d come from sports, so I appreciated the discipline that the religion requires. For me, it was a way of living more deliberately,” said Ali.

He added, in an interview with British magazine the Radio Times: “I felt I was connecting to something that was making my physical experience more peaceful.”

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