New father and Oscar winner Mahershala Ali let his emotions get to him during the Academy Awards on Sunday.
Before he took the stage to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in “Moonlight,” Ali couldn’t help but sing his wife’s praises on the red carpet.
It’s been a busy week for the Oscar-winner. On Wednesday, Ali and wife Amatus-Sami Karim welcomed their first child into the world – a daughter named Bari Najma.
He was in absolute awe at the miracle of life.
“It’s been remarkable…” Ali told Entertainment Tonight before the awards ceremony started. “It’s been such a blessing to be a father.”
Ali continued to marvel over the strength of women and revealed that his wife did not have an epidural during the birth.
“Hands down, women are the toughest beings on the planet,” he said matter-of-factly. “I’m not saying that to be cool. I don’t care if you have children, choose to have children. I don’t care if you took every pain medication in the world to have children.”
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— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 27, 2017
Ali also honored his wife when he took the stage to claim the first award of the evening.
“I want to thank my wife, who was in her third trimester during awards season… had our daughter 4 days ago,” he said on stage at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 27, 2017
In “Moonlight,” Ali plays a Miami drug dealer who mentors a young bully victim.
(H/T: Entertainment Tonight)
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