Mahershala Ali won the first Oscar of the night, scooping the best supporting actor prize for Moonlight.
He embraced the film’s director Barry Jenkins on his way up to the stage where he said: “My grandma would want me to button up.”
“Wow, I want to thank my teacher and my professors, they told me is that it’s not about you, it’s about the characters, you are in service to your character and your stories, I’m so blessed to have had this opportunity.”
The actor welcomed his first child Bari Najma on February 22 and thanked his wife Amatus Sami-Karim saying: “My wife was in her third trimester doing awards seasons, we just had a daughter four days ago. I just want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process.”
His win was greeted by fans, with Oprah Winfrey saying she was “in tears” with his victory.
In tears. Mahershala!!!! Deserved. #Oscars— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 27, 2017
Congrats to Mahershala Ali for winning the Oscar. He was my favorite character in the film— JT (@leftfieldJT) February 27, 2017