Oscars 2017: Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali Wins Best Supporting Actor

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Oscars 2017: Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali Wins Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali is outshining the competition, winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a kind-hearted drug dealer in Moonlight.

A lyrical meditation on racial, masculine and sexual identity, Moonlight tells the story of a young, gay black man (played across the film’s three chapters by Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes) coming of age in Miami’s impoverished Liberty City neighborhood. Ali, 43, portrays Juan, a local dealer who becomes an unlikely father figure to the boy in the first section.

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