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Moonlight's Mahershala Ali tears up as he delivers powerful SAG Awards speech

2017-01-30
Awards Season with Attitude, sponsored by discoverlosangeles.com. The Screen Actors Guild Awards took place in Los Angeles last night (January 29), and there was more good news for gay coming-of-age drama Moonlight as Mahershala Ali picked up the Best Supporting Actor Award. The 42-year-old actor received the gong for Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for his portrayal of Juan, the drug-dealing mentor of a young boy struggling to come to terms with his sexuality in the Oscar-nominated drama. Elsewhere, La La Land's Emma Stone was named 'Best Actress', while the night's other big winner was US drama Fences, which saw stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis pick up the 'Best Actor' and  'Best Supporting Actress' prizes. The film will go head-to-head with both Moonlight and La La Land in the coveted 'Best Picture' category at the Oscars. In a night of highly politicised speeches, however, it was Ali who was responsible for the ceremony's most poignant moment as he discussed love, acceptance and his Islamic faith, just hours after Donald Trump implemented an executive order barring entry to the US by refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries. "I think what I’ve learned from working on Moonlight is we see what happens when you persecute people," he told the audience at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. "They fold into themselves, 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. "Taking the opportunity to uplift him and to tell him he mattered, that he was okay and accept him - I hope that we do a better job of that."   The House of Cards star continued: "When we kind of get caught up in the minutiae and the details that make us all different, I think there are two ways of seeing that. There’s an opportunity to see the texture of that person, the characteristics that make them unique. And then there’s the opportunity to go to war about it. And to say, 'That that person is different than me and I don’t like you so let’s battle'. "My mother is an ordained minister. I’m a Muslim. She didn’t do backflips when I called her to tell her I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, you put things to the side and I’m able to see her and she’s able to see me. We love each other. The love has grown. And that stuff is minutiae. It’s not that important." You can read our exclusive feature on Moonlight in Attitude’s February issue, available to download and in shops now. Check out the full list of nominees and winners from the SAG Awards below: Outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge Ryan Gosling - La La Land Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic Denzel Washington - Fences (WINNER) Outstanding performance by an actress in a leading role Amy Adams - Arrival Emily Blunt - The Girl on the Train Natalie Portman - Jackie Emma Stone - La La Land (WINNER) Meryl Streep - Florence Foster Jenkins Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role Mahershala Ali - Moonlight (WINNER) Jeff Bridges - Hell or High Water Lucas Hedges - Manchester by the Sea Dev Patel - Lion Hugh Grant - Florence Foster Jenkins Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role Viola Davis - Fences (WINNER) Naomie Harris - Moonlight Nicole Kidman - Lion Octavia Spencer - Hidden Figures Michelle Williams - Manchester by the Sea Outstanding performance by a cast in a theatrical motion picture Captain Fantastic Fences Hidden Figures (WINNER) Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture Captain America: Civil War Dr. Strange Hacksaw Ridge (WINNER) Jason Bourne Nocturnal Animals Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or mini-series Riz Ahmed - The Night Of Sterling K. Brown - The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Bryan Cranston - All the Way (WINNER) John Turturro - The Night Of Courtney B. Vance - The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or mini-series Bryce Dallas Howard - Black Mirror Felicity Huffman - American Crime Audra McDonald - Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Sarah Paulson - The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (WINNER) Kerry Washington - Confirmation Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series Sterling K. Brown - This is Us Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones John Lithgow - The Crown (WINNER) Rami Malek - Mr. Robot Kevin Spacey - House of Cards Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series Millie Bobby Brown - Stranger Things Claire Foy - The Crown (WINNER) Thandie Newton - Westworld Winona Ryder - Stranger Things Robin Wright - House of Cards Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series Anthony Anderson - Black-ish Tituss Burgess - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ty Burrell - Modern Family William H. Macy - Shameless (WINNER) Jeffrey Tambor - Transparent Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series Uzo Aduba - Orange is the New Black Jane Fonda - Grace and Frankie Ellie Kemper - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep - WINNER Lily Tomlin - Grace and Frankie Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series The Crown Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Stranger Things - WINNER Westworld Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series The Big Bang Theory Black-ish Modern Family Orange is the New Black - WINNER Veep Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a television series Game of Thrones - WINNER Daredevil Luke Cage The Walking Dead Westworld Lifetime Achievement Award Lily Tomlin Awards Season with Attitude, sponsored by discoverlosangeles.com. More stories: One LGBT person is murdered every day in Brazil, study finds Donald Trump interrupts Dustin Lance Black’s LGBT Series 'When We Rise'