Mahershala Ali made history as the first black – and Muslim actor to win 2 Best Supporting Actor Oscars

Ali wins best supporting actor Oscar for ‘Green Book’

American actor ‘Mahershala Ali’ has won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role as a composer Don Shirley in ‘Green Book’ in the 91st Academy Awards. Notably, 45 year old M. Ali made history as the first black – and Muslim actor to win two Best Supporting Actor Oscars after ‘moonlight’ in 2017. He remarked during his acceptance speech that he tried to “capture Doctor Shirley’s essence” in the film.

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Importantly, The concerned film focuses on Shirley’s relationship with his white driver, played by Viggo Mortensen, during a 1962 road trip through the U.S. South. Shirley died in 2013.

However, This is Ali’s second Oscar win, after he took the award in the same category in 2017 for “Moonlight”, becoming the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. The actor began his acting field in 2001, appearing as a doctor on television series “Crossing Jordan.” He is currently stars in his first leading TV role as Arkansas police detective Wayne Hays on HBO series “True Detective.”

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Denzel Actor is the only other black actor to win an Oscar more than once. He began his acting field in 2001, appearing as a doctor on television series “Crossing Jordan.”

In 2019, he triumphed over a field that included Adam Driver as a cop in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, Sam Rockwell as George W Bush in Vice, and Richard E Grant as drug dealer Jack Hock in Can You Ever Forgive Me? He was the strong favourite for the prize, having won all the major best supporting actor awards this year, including the Bafta, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.

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Following the Green Book, pianist Don Shirley (Actor Ali) hires Italian American hoodlum Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) as a driver and bodyguard on a concert tour in the deep south in the pre-civil rights early 1960s. The film’s title comes from the motoring handbook published to support African Americans avoid hostile areas while travelling around the United State.

Trilok Singh

Written by Trilok Singh

Founder and CEO: Youth Darpan Media, IASmind.com, India's Journal and Seva A2Z (Shopping). Masters in Political Science, Kirori Mal College, Faculty of Social Science (2015-17), University of Delhi, India.

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