Mahershala Ali Dedicates 2019 Oscars Win to His Grandmother

Mahershala Ali accepts Best Actor in a Supporting Role award for

Mahershala Ali accepts Best Actor in a Supporting Role award for"Green Book onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards

Mahershala Ali can't lose with the Academy.

Ali emerged from what was a crowded field, and a competitive race, to win the award.

"I want to dedicate this to my grandmother who has been in my ear my entire life, telling me that if at first I don't succeed, try, try again", he shared with the audience.

"I know I would not be here without her", he said on stage.

The Universal release re-creates the concert tour of Shirley, an African-American musician touring the Deep South in 1962 with only a Bronx-bred Italian driver and temporarily unemployed bouncer by his side.

He won the Oscar despite assertions by some of Shirley's family members that the portrayal of the pianist contained inaccuracies, and the resurfacing of accusations of sexual impropriety by director Peter Farrelly.

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He said he is "really impressed with how she handles everything". 'It definitely has not sunk in yet, I still can't believe it. Did you watch - do you think Ellie should won? Afterwards, the Strictly star said: "It felt like dancing with a professional".

Ali was in another Oscar-winning film this year - he voices the nefarious character of Uncle Aaron in "Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse", which won the award for best animated film.

On television, Ali had an Emmy-nominated turn on Netflix political drama "House of Cards" as White House lobbyist turned chief of staff Remy Danton and was featured on "Treme" and "Marvel´s Luke Cage".

Oakland native Mahershala Ali has won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar award for his performance as Don Shirley in the movie "Green Book".

Ali's birth name is Mahershalalhashbaz, which was taken from the Bible and used by the actor early in his career.

Ali now stars in his first leading TV role as Arkansas police detective Wayne Hays on HBO series "True Detective".

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