Moonlight’ star Mahershala Ali gives emotional speech on conversion to Islam at SAG Awards

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.

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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.

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In addition to taking home “Best Motion Picture – Drama” at the Golden Globes earlier this month, the coming of age drama which follows a boy through life, 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.Moonlight

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honors the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2016.

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