SAG Awards: Mahershala Ali

Last night, the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were given away and A24’s Moonlight received “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role” for Mahershala Ali out of three nominations.

Ali, who plays “Juan,” a drug dealer who becomes a father figure for young Chiron in
Moonlight, gave an emotional acceptance speech about his conversion to Islam and humanity.

“I think what I have learned from working on Moonlight, you see what happens in persecution,” he said. “What I was so grateful about and having the opportunity 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 he mattered, that he was OK. And accept him. I hope that we do a better job of that.”

~Jaleesa Lashay~ 

23rd SAG Awards Full Red Carpet

BlackTree TV hosts the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Watch behind the scenes footage, red carpet arrivals and interviews with the nominees. 

~Jaleesa Lashay~ 

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