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Mahershala Ali Receives Oscar Nod

American Muslim actor Mahershala Ali has received an important Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film “Moonlight.”

 

This news brings a huge sigh of relief for much of the community after the absolute fiasco that was last year’s Oscars. For those who don’t remember, the domination of white actors nominated at last year’s Oscars spawned the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite and drew a huge amount of backlash from the public. This year, they’ve responded by nominating the largest number of black actors in the history of the awards show.

 

Critics have responded to this by saying that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is merely trying to save face with this move and should be more concerned with the performances of the actors and not with the color of their skin. It is certainly true that there were some key snubs last year causing the trigger, but it is also possible that the Academy is trying to oversaturate the show with black nominations this year solely as an attempt to make up for last year.

 

Regardless of what’s going on behind the scenes, the nomination is a great one for both the black and Muslim communities, as he is the only Muslim American nominated this year.

 

In addition to his Oscar nomination, he was also nominated for an Emmy last year for his role in “House of Cards.” He also acted in “Hidden Figures,” a best picture nominee at this year’s Oscars.

 

The Oscars will be held on February 26.