Mahershala Ali Makes History As First Black Man to Win 2 Best Supporting Actor Oscars

#MelaninMagic is super strong tonight at the 91st Annual Academy Awards, as Mahershala Ali continues tonight’s trend of firsts for black actors.

Mahershala Ali won his second Oscar award tonight for her role as piano player Don Shirley in Green Book, the controversial film that tells the true story of the black musician’s trip through the Deep South in the 1960s with a white chauffeur played by Viggo Mortenson.

The movie is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th-century guidebook for African American travelers written by Victor Hugo Green to help them find black-friendly motels and restaurants.

Ali made history Sunday night (Feb. 23) as the first black actor to win two Best Supporting Actor Oscars. His first win came two years ago for the 2016 film “Moonlight.” Ali is so far undefeated in the category as he’s won both times