Culture Slideshows Movies & TV Celebrity Born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore on February 16, 1974, Mahershala Ali was until recently mostly known as a talented TV actor in serious dramas such as House of Cards and Treme. Occasionally he would also pop up on the big screen in small parts (as in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Hunger Games franchise). Then, in 2016, he played the Cuban drug dealer Juan in Barry Jenkins’s haunting, dreamlike drama Moonlight. For his part in the film, Ali won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, making him the first Muslim to triumph in any acting category at the Oscars. Now the 44-year-old is back in the running for another Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Green Book, a Peter Farrelly-directed comedy-drama in which Ali plays a pianist on a tour of the 1960s Deep South. It looks like he should be rehearsing an acceptance speech—betting group Betfair has him on the shortest odds to win. It’s a busy season for the newly minted Hollywood star. He is currently starring in Season 3 of True Detective and he is in the newly-released movie Alita: Battle Angel, a cyberpunk action movie based on a… Read full this story
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