Watch Mahershala Ali Take Home the Best Supporting Actor Award for 'Moonlight'

Mahershala Ali wins Best Supporting Actor for 'Moonlight,' becoming the first Muslim to win an Academy Award.

Mahershala Ali thanks his wife, celebrates newborn daughter during #Oscars acceptance speech

— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2017

Mahershala Ali has won Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 Academy Awards for his role in Moonlight, the Barry Jenkins-directed film about a gay black man growing up in a rough Miami neighborhood.

“I want to thank my teachers, my professors. I had so many wonderful teachers. One thing that they consistently told me [...] that is wasn’t about you, it’s not about you, it’s about these characters," the 43-year-old actor said. "You are in service to these stories and these characters, and I’m so blessed to have had an opportunity. It was about Juan, it was about Chiron, it was about Paula, cast and crew. It was just such a wonderful experience. [...] The rest of the cast, who did wonderful work, any one of them could be up here holding this trophy [...] Lastly, I just want to thank my wife, who was in her third trimester during the awards season. We just had a daughter four days ago. I just want to thank her for being such a soldier during this process."

Ali is the first Muslim to take home an Oscar in the awards show history. You watch his moving speech in the video above, and check out Twitter's reaction to the historic win below.

#MahershalaAli is brilliant!!!!! Yesssssss #Moonlight #Oscars2017

— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 27, 2017

MAHERSHALA ALI!!!!! @moonlightmov

— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) February 27, 2017

Mahershala Ali... well done sir

— the Old Man Ebro (@oldmanebro) February 27, 2017

Congratulations, old friend.

— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) February 27, 2017

Congratulations Mahershala Ali on your #Oscars win for @moonlightmov! An incredibly important & powerful film.

— NARAL (@NARAL) February 27, 2017

In tears. Mahershala!!!! Deserved. #Oscars

— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 27, 2017

My jaw is dropped and my heart is full for this well deserved win to Bay Area's own #mehershala #oscars #Oakland

— Goapele (@Goapele) February 27, 2017


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