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. 35:40Mahershala Ali Thanks Wife For Being a 'Soldier' During Touching…24:24Todd and Julie Chrisley Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison for Tax …01:38Margot Robbie Reacts to 'Barbie' Movie Costumes Already Being a …01:13‘Devotion’: Go Behind the Scenes With Glen Powell (Exclusive)01:45Hallmark's 'A Maple Valley Christmas': Peyton List and Andrew Wa…03:25Beyoncé Turns Into Suga Mama and Trudy for 'Proud Family' Hallow…10:10'Manifest': Melissa Roxburgh Spills on Final Season Spoilers and…08:35Culpo Sisters on Dating and Why Nothing Was Off Limits for Their…03:13Ryan Reynolds Took a Year Off From Hollywood to Focus on Being a…08:23'Friday Night Lights' Stars Reunite, Reminisce on Famous Fans an…24:24Rihanna on Motherhood, New Music and the 2023 Super Bowl Halftim…01:05Ramon Rodriguez and Erika Christensen Solve Crimes in ABC's New …01:24'Kung Fu' Sneak Peek: Nicky Finds Out Henry Saw Zhilan in the Ot…02:33Christina Applegate Offers Support to Selena Gomez Over Their MS…24:24Aaron Carter Dead: Inside His Reconciliation With Older Brother …02:24CMA Awards: Luke Bryan Jokes How He Was 'Hurt' by Fellow 'Idol' …10:01‘90 Day Fiancé’: Kim on Marrying Usman and Being Part of His Fut…02:27Duran Duran Reveals Princess Diana’s Favorite Song of Theirs (Ex…03:37'Sister Wives': Meri Fights to Save Her Marriage to Kody After C… 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, 2017 Congratulations, 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 Gallery 2017 Oscars: See Who Won!