What a time to be alive!

Mahershali Ali is living his life like it’s golden! In addition to his SAG Award for Hidden Figures, the 42-year-old actor scooped a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his riveting performance in Moonlight.

During his emotional acceptance speech, Mahershala shared what he learned from working on the 8x Oscar nominated film:

I think what I’ve learned from working on Moonlight is we see what happens when we’re persecuted. They fold into themselves. And what I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to play Juan was playing a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community, and taking that opportunity to uplift him and tell him that he mattered, that he was okay, and accept him. And I hope that we do a better job.

You know, when we kind of get caught up in the minutia, the details that make us all different. I think there’s two ways of seeing that. There’s an opportunity to see the texture of that person, the characteristics that make them unique. And then there’s an opportunity to going a war — to go to war about it, to say that that person is different from me. I don’t like you, so let’s battle.

Watch his full acceptance speech below:



Congratulations to Mahershala!

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