Mahershala Ali is a big winner tonight.
While on stage at the Shrine Auditorium, the actor revealed what he learned from working on Moonlight.
"What I've learned from working on Moonlight is we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves," he shared with the audience. "And what I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to play Juan was playing a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community."
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He continued, "Taking that opportunity to uplift him and tell him that he mattered and that he was okay and accept him and I hope that we do a better job of that."
But before walking off stage, Mahershala couldn't help but give credit to all of the talented co-stars he worked with in the past year.
"I want to thank Tarell Alvin McCraney for his courage. I want to thank Barry Jenkins just for your insight and brilliant," he shared. "I want to thank my fellow cast mates. Any one of those young men could be up here holding this. It's beautiful work. Thank you. Peace and blessings be upon you."