Mahershala Ali in 'Moonlight'- first Muslim actor to win an Oscar

| Updated: Feb 27, 2017 18:30 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 27 (ANI): Raise the toast! It is a double celebration for Mahershala Ali. After announcing the birth of his first child, with wife Amatus Sami-Karim two days back, Ali now bags the golden Statuette at the 89th Academy Awards in the 'Actor in a supporting role' category for 'Moonlight.' With this, he becomes the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar ever. "I just want to thank [my wife] for being such a soldier through this process and carrying me through it all," said the 43-year-old actor, while accepting the trophy on stage. 'Moonlight,' which also bagged the 'Best Movie' trophy, sees Ali, portraying a Cuban-born drug dealer, living in Miami, who becomes a surrogate father to a bullied youngster and tries to instill confidence in him. Looks like, Oscars, this year, has completely geared up to counter the 'Oscar-so-white' controversy, which went on in the past years. On a related note, the 'House of Cards' actor confirmed the news of the birth of his baby girl Bari Najma, on Instagram, with a picture of his wife cuddling the tiny tot, clicked from the back side. The snap was captioned, "Bari (Bar-ee) Najma Ali 2/22/17 #pisces." (ANI)