Mahershala Ali thanked his wife, who was in her third trimester throughout awards season and gave birth to their daughter four days ago, as he gave his acceptance speech for greatest supporting actor in "Moonlight" at the 2017 Oscars.
"I just want to thank her for becoming such a soldier by way of this procedure," Ali stated, "and really carrying me by way of it all."
Ali thanked these who worked with him on the film, as nicely as his teachers and professors.
"One factor that they regularly told me ... it's not about you," Ali said of his teachers. "It is about these characters. You are a servant. You happen to be in service to these stories and these characters and I'm so blessed to have had an opportunity. It was about ['Moonlight' characters] Juan, it was about Chiron, it was about Paula."
This was the initial Oscar win for Ali. He won a slew of other trophies for his function in the coming-of-age drama "Moonlight," such as a Screen Actors Guild Award, an African-American Film Critics Association Award and a Critics' Selection Film Award.
Ali and his wife, Amatus Sami-Karim, welcomed daughter Bari Najma Ali on Wednesday, the actor noted in an Instagram post Friday.
Bari (Bar-ee) Najma Ali ??two/22/17 #pisces
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