Mahershala Ali wins second Oscar, ties Denzel Washington

Posted February 26, 2019

The award gala was held here on Sunday night and aired in India on Monday morning on Star Movies. Two years ago, Ali won for his supporting performance in "Moonlight".

Mahershala Ali won the Academy Award on Sunday for his role in dramedy "Green Book" as a real-life black pianist who battles racism during a concert tour of the segregated U.S. South.

FYI: Mahershala is wearing an Ermenegildo Zegna XXX suit and a Cartier watch.

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"This is like a dream", added the film's producer Jim Burke, who addressed some of the controversies leveled at the film by saying "We made this film with respect".

Mahershala Ali took home the statuette for best supporting actor once again.

After 2-time Oscar victor Denzel Washington, Mahersala Ali is the second African American actor to win 2 Oscars in the Acting category. I kept my word to that man, I wish I could reach out to Don Shirley's family, I really didn't know they existed until we finished the film. "Wow. wow. I got it!"

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Lady Gaga jointly won for best Original Song, while Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb won for Animated Short.

The only other years that saw more than one actor of color winning at the same Oscar ceremony are 2007 (Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland, Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls), 2005 (Jamie Foxx for Ray, Morgan Freeman for Million Dollar Baby), 2001 (Washington for Training Day, Halle Berry for Monster's Ball), and 1983 (Ben Kingsley for Gandhi, Louis Gossett Jr. for An Officer and a Gentleman). This was a surprising category this year, since two expected audience favorites, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?", about Fred Rogers, and "Three Identical Strangers", weren't nominated.

"After receiving the award, the actor thanked Don Shirley", for just trying to capture his essence" going on to say", pushed me to my ends, which is a reflection of the person he was and the life that he lived and I thank him". "First Man", the moon landing film by "La La Land" director and Providence native Damien Chazelle, picked up a win for visual effects. In his speech, Ali thanked those involved with the film as well as his grandmother.

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