Ali and Dev were in contention for Best Actor in a Supporting Role trophy.

Mahershala Ali becomes first Muslim actor to win an Oscar beats Dev PatelImages: Wikipedia
Flix Entertainment Monday, February 27, 2017 - 09:08
Written by  IANS

Indian-origin British actor Dev Patel failed to win an Oscar as American actor Mahershala Ali walked away with Best Supporting Actor trophy for Moonlight. Ali also became the first Muslim actor to take the golden statuette with the win.

Dev was in contention for Best Actor in a Supporting Role trophy for "Lion". Other contenders included Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water, Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea and Michael Shannon for Nocturnal Animals.

Dev, who attended the ceremony with his mother, was seen cheering for Ali when he was announced as the winner.

Ali was presented his first Oscar by actress Alicia Vikander at the 89th Annual Academy Awards -- being held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday night.

"I want to thank my teachers ... I have so many wonderful teachers," he said before naming those who inspired him.

"My teachers told me that 'it wasn't about you but these characters'. It is service to these stories and characters. I would also thank the cast and crew for the wonderful experience," Ali added.

He also had a special mention for his wife Amatus Sami-Karim.

"I would thank my wife who was in her third trimester. We just had a daughter three days ago. Thank you for being a soldier through this process," Ali added.

The award gala is being hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the first time.

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