MAHERSHALA ALI bagged an Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017 and also won Best supporting actor in Green Book at the Baftas 2019.
But who is he? Where else would you know him from? Here’s everything you need to know about the actor who is up for Best Supporting Actor at this year’s Oscars…
Getty Images – WireImage Mahershala won Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 Oscars
Who is Mahershala Ali?
Mahershala Ali, born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore, is a 44-year-old actor who lives in Oakland, California.
He has worked as an actor for the past fourteen years, after initially pursuing a career in basketball.
After gaining a scholarship at St Mary’s College of California in the sport.
Mahershala is married to wife Amatus Sami-Karim, and is a practising Muslim after being raised by an ordained Christian minister mother.
Getty Images – WireImage The actor at the SAG Awards
Where would I have seen Mahershala Ali before?
Mahershala’s breakthrough film role was in 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which he starred in alongside Brad Pitt.
Since then, he has been a prolific actor on both the big and small screens, taking roles in a string of highly-acclaimed films and TV shows.
In TV, these include Remy Danton in House of Cards, Richard Tyler in The 4400 and one-off parts in CSI, NYPD Blue and Law and Order.
In film, he has been seen as Boggs in the final two instalments of the Hunger Games franchise, thriller Predators and 2016’s Hidden Figures, which was nominated for Best Film in t2017’s Oscars.
Most recently, he has been seen as Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes in Netflix’s adaptation of Marvel comic-book Luke Cage.
He stars in the third season of True Detective.
AP:Associated Press The star is most famous for the role of Juan in Moonlight
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What is the film Green Book and who does he play?
Green Book is a comedy-drama film set in the Deep South of America in the 1960’s.
The film follows Mahershala’s character Don Shirley – a jazz pianist – and Viggo Mortensen’s Tony Vallelonga – Don’s bodyguard – as they go on a tour of the States.
The movie is based on a true story and explores an unlikely friendhsip against the backdrop of racial tension in the USA at that time.
Mahershala has received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Don.
While his co-star Viggo also got the Oscar nod for his character Tony with a nomination for Best Actor.
What is the film Moonlight about and who stars in it?
Moonlight is an indie movie based on a semi-autobiographical play written by Tarell Alvin McCraney.
It is a three-part story telling the tale of Chiron, checking in on his life as a child, a teen and an adult.
The film follows Chiron’s attempts to adapt to the world in which he lives, dealing with a drug-addicted mother and coming to terms with his sexuality.
Mahershala’s character Juan becoming a surrogate father figure for Chiron as an infant, and his home becomes a safe space for while his mother struggles with addiction.
Naomie Harris has been widely praised for the role of Chiron’s mother, and also stars Janelle Monae.
Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Travante Rhodes take on the three ages of Chiron.
Teaser trailer for the third season of hit HBO series True Detective starring Mahershala Ali