Mahershala Ali wins first Golden Globe, thanks most important women in his life

Jan 07, 2019, 10:00 IST | PTI

Green Book is Mahershala Ali's second Globe nod. He was nominated for his performance in Moonlight in 2017.

Mahershala Ali wins first Golden Globe, thanks most important women in his life
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for "The Green Book" winner Mahershala Ali poses with the trophy during the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 6, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Pic/AFP

Mahershala Ali thanked the most important women in his life for their constant support as he received his first-ever Golden Globe Award. The actor won the trophy in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture category for Green Book.

This was Ali's second Globe nod. He was nominated for his performance in "Moonlight" in 2017. In "Green Book", which is set in the '60s, Viggo Mortensen plays Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, a New York City bouncer who ends up working as a driver for Ali's character, "Doc" Don Shirley, a famed pianist, driving him on a tour of venues through the American South.

In his acceptance speech, Ali said, "I have to thank my wife, my mother, and my grandmother. I thank you for your prayers. I've needed each and every one of them. Peace."

The actor also thanked the real Shirley, Mortensen 'who he called an "extraordinary scene partner", director Peter Farrelly, his other co-star Linda Cardellini 'who he called a "beautiful person" and other colleagues. He bested Timothee Chalamet ("Beautiful Boy"), Adam Driver ("BlacKkKlansman"), Richard E Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?") and Sam Rockwell ("Vice") to win the award.

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