In light of everything that’s been happening in the world, or otherwise, lately — because honestly some of these happenings are hard to imagine are of this world — it’s nice to know that the Oscars, the stage of the grandest recognition in filmmaking today started off with, Mahershala Ali winning the award for the best supporting actor in the movie: Moonlight.
Why is that significant? Well, because in a time when people of the Muslim faith are being unjustly ostracised in the “Land of Opportunities”, Mahershala Ali has effectively become the first individual of the faith to have won an academy award. Better late than never? Nah, more like no better time than now to sock it to the man.
It is interesting that as Ali went up onto the stage to accept the award, he said his thanks to all those who had helped make this moment happen, then spent a good bit of time thanking his wife, who had given birth to their daughter just four days back — but he made no reference to his faith. Proving that this was nothing more than a day on the job for him and, as well for the Academy, it meant that there was no hidden agenda here; simply a decision that bears a timely significance.