Oscars 'Moonlight' Star Mahershala Ali Wins First Academy Award and Makes Oscar History By Elisa Osegueda 6:55 PM PST, February 26, 2017 Now Playing hh:mm:ss 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 Related Gallery2017 Oscars: See Who Won!