91ST OSCARS SPEECH: Mahershala Ali; GREEN BOOK (ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE)

WINNER – ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MAHERSHALA ALI

SPEECH BY: Mahershala Ali

MAHERSHALA ALI: The Academy, thank you. I want to thank Dr. Shirley for just trying to capture his essence. Trying to capture Dr. Shirley’s essence pushed me to my ends, which is a reflection of the person he was and the life that he lived. And I thank him. I thank my partner Viggo, it was extraordinary working with you. Peter Farrelly, I thank you for your leadership and your guidance. And for also giving us space; like really giving us space to work it out, and coming in and tweaking. And I really appreciate and love you. Octavia Spencer, Kris Bowers, my double. I wanna dedicate this to my grandmother, who has been in my ear my entire life, telling me that if at first I don’t succeed, try, try again, that I could do anything I put my mind to. Always, always pushing me to think positively. And I know I would not be here without her, that she has gotten me over the hump every step of the way. I thank my wife and my daughter Bari. I thank Universal, Participant, Amblin and everyone who contributed and helped with our movie. Again, thank you so much.

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Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.

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