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Oscars 2017: Mahershala Ali is first ever Muslim actor to win Academy Award

This year’s Oscars results are out and you would be surprised to know that at last a Muslim actor has won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role during the 89th Academy Awards on Monday morning.

The win is important in the sense that it has come at a time when hostility towards Muslims are high since Donald Trump won the presidential elections. Formed in 1927, this is for the first time that any Muslim has managed to win the prestigious award. The Best Supporting Actor was scooped by Mahershala Ali for his role in Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed drama Moonlight that too grabbed limelight during the award ceremony by winning the best movie award.

“I had so many wonderful teachers [growing up], and one thing that they consistently told me was it wasn’t about you, it’s not about you. It’s about these characters. You’re in service to these stories and these characters. And I’m so blessed to have had an opportunity [to do that],” said Mahershala Ali, who became a father of a girl just a few days ago.

“I want to thank my teachers, my professors. One thing they consistently told me was that it wasn’t about you. It’s not about you, it’s about these characters, you are a servant. You’re in service to these stories and these characters,” said Mahershala Ali whose win brought heartbreak for India as an Dev Patel was also in the race for the same award.

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