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Mahershala Ali Wins 2nd Oscar for Controversial Role in Green Book

Mahershala Ali Wins 2nd Oscar for Controversial Role in 'Green Book'

Mahershala Ali Wins 2nd Oscar for Controversial Role in 'Green Book'
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With his role in Green Book, Mahershala Ali nabs his second Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Award his portrayal of Dr. Don Shirley, a closeted classical pianist on tour in the deep south in the 1950s and '60s.

"Trying to capture Dr. Shirley's essence pushed me to my ends," said Ali in his acceptance speech. "Which is a reflection of the person he was and the life that he lived."

While Green Book is being heralded at the Oscars, black and LGBTQ critics aren't quite as fond of it. Many panned the movie as a "white savior film" that "apologizes" for its character's sexuality. The critique is all the more apparent with unapologetically queer films like The Favourite and Can You Ever Forgive Me? losing most major award categories. 

Green Book was nominated for four more Academy Awards tonight, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Viggo Mortensen, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. 

Ali won his first Oscar just two years ago for his unforgettable role in the critically-acclaimed LGBTQ film Moonlight. He is the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar in the award show's history.

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Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!