Moonlight Takes Home Best Male Supporting Actor Trophy at SAG Awards

'Moonlight' star Mahershala Ali gives emotional speech on conversion to Islam and understanding

Style Magazine Newswire | 1/30/2017, 12:08 p.m.
Last night, the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were given away last night and A24's Moonlight received "Outstanding Performance ...
Mahershala Ali/Credit: Kevork Djansezian/WireImage

LOS ANGELES, CA) - JANUARY 30, 2017 - Last night, the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were given away last night 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."

Written and directed by Jenkins, Moonlight is the only release of 2016 that has topped over 300 Top 10 Lists praised by writers and critics nationwide. In addition to taking home "Best Motion Picture - Drama" at the Golden Globes earlier this month, Moonlight has earned eight Academy Awards, six NAACP Image Award nominations, a Critics' Choice Award, four Gotham Awards including "Best Picture," a National Board of Review Award and many more.

Fans can view a detailed scrapbook and testament to the film's impact at http://moonlight.movie/. Moonlight is in theaters everywhere.

"A Masterpiece. We leave the theater as different people than when we came in."- Rolling Stone

"Timely and Timeless"- Vanity Fair

"MOONLIGHT is artful food for your soul. At a time when so many of us need to be lovingly nourished."- Kerry Washington

"MOONLIGHT is the Best Film of the Year, and One That Can Point Americans Forward" - Esquire Magazine

"Every idea, every theme, every emotion you could feel as a human being, you feel onscreen." - Trevor Noah

"Barry Jenkins for President. Incredible movie." - Chris Rock

"An Opus" - Issa Rae

"Go see this film!" - Jesse Williams