The actor opened up about being Muslim in a powerful speech during the SAG Awards, "I’m a Muslim. She didn’t do back flips when I called to tell her that I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, we put things to the side, and I’m able to see her and she’s able to see me, we love each other, the love has grown. And that stuff is minutia — it’s not that important."  

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It's been a big year for the actor and during last night's Critics' Choice Awards, there was nothing but love.

Sydney Scott
Dec, 12, 2016

It comes as no surprise that Moonlight was a favorite among critics during Sunday's Critics Choice Awards. For his stellar role in the film as Juan, Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor, taking the stage to accept his accolade, and thanking his wife and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins.

As wife Amatus Sami-Karim looked on tearfully, the actor said, "I’d like to start by thanking my wife just for being so generous and supporting me and working on every audition, every project I get to go out on, she works with me."

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Fans took to Twitter to celebrate Ali's much deserved win and amazing year.

"I want to thank Barry Jenkins for just giving me an opportunity to be in this film," added Ali. "I think the only thing that saddens me in some way is that every actor is not going to have the opportunity to work with Barry Jenkins, and I wish that for all of you.”

 

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