Oscars 'Moonlight' Star Mahershala Ali Wins First Academy Award and Makes Oscar History By Elisa Osegueda 6:55 PM PST, February 26, 2017 This video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors. If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page. 29:55Mahershala Ali Thanks Wife For Being a 'Soldier' During Touching…24:52Blake Shelton Wrote Gwen Stefani a Wedding Song, Lady Gaga Unvei…06:05Wells Adams Talks ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ and Possibly Taking Ove…25:40Summer 2021’s Biggest Movie, TV and Music Releases: Everything Y…04:10'Gossip Girl': ET's First Interviews With Blake Lively, Penn Bad…02:38Luke Bryan Talks Returning to the Stage and Tour Bus Life (Exclu…02:16Patti LaBelle on Her Love for Cooking and Most Famous Dinner Gue…08:10‘Big Brother’: Julie Chen Teases Season 23 and Breaks Down Her F…06:10‘AGT’: Matt Mauser, Widower of Kobe Bryant Crash Victim, Wows Ju…08:41Robert Irwin on Sister Bindi as a Mom and How He Continues His L…01:51‘Two Steps Home’ Couple Jon Pierre and Mary Tjon-Joe-Pin Share 3…01:51Tahj Mowry Reflects on Naya Rivera and Her ‘Amazing’ Legacy (Exc…01:36John Krasinski Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of 'A Quiet Pla…04:10Prince George Is England's Cutest Fan With Prince William and Ka…06:04Angela Bassett & Carla Gugino on Their Epic Wine Night Filming ‘…02:28Billie Eilish Claps Back at Haters Who Claim She's in Her 'Flop …01:57Ian Ziering on Working With ‘Sharknado’ Co-Star Tara Reid for a …01:41Timothée Chalamet Takes a Bath in ‘The French Dispatch’ First Lo…08:56Joshua Jackson on Fatherhood and Marriage to Jodie Turner-Smith …24:51Emmy Nominations 2021: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises Mahershala Ali is an Oscar winner! The 43-year-old actor won Best Supporting Actor at Sunday's Academy Awards for his performance in Moonlight, making him the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. EXCLUSIVE: Mahershala Ali Praises Wife After Daughter's Birth"I just want to thank my wife, who was in her third trimester during award season," Ali said during his moving acceptance speech. "We just had a daughter four days ago," he continued. "So, I just want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process and help and really carrying me through it all." Well deserved, #MahershalaAli! #Oscarspic.twitter.com/ZCFFziGTi4— RollingOut (@RollingOut) February 27, 2017Following his moving speech, Ali's co-stars and peers took to social media to congratulate the actor.In tears. Mahershala!!!! Deserved. #Oscars— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 27, 2017#MahershalaAli is brilliant!!!!! Yesssssss #Moonlight#Oscars2017— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 27, 2017Congratulations Mr. Mahershala Ali on your Oscar win! #moonlight — Caleb McLaughlin (@calebmclaughlin) February 27, 2017Yes!!!! #MahershalaAli@moonlightmov spectacular performance. #Moonlight#Oscars peace and blessings— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) February 27, 2017I am sooooo happy for this brother, Mahershala Ali....winning the Oscar for "Moonlight." This brother is so special. LOVE that he won this!!— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) February 27, 2017Congratulations, old friend. https://t.co/21kqiez4HF— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) February 27, 2017 RELATED: Oscars 2017: The Complete Winners ListAli's Moonlight co-stars spoke to ET about what it meant to be at Hollywood's biggest night. Watch ET's exclusive interview below.EXCLUSIVE: 'Moonlight' Cast on What It Means to Celebrate Together at the Academy Awards This video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors. If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page. Related Gallery2017 Oscars: See Who Won!