Monday 23 March 2020

Best Supporting Actor 2016: Mahershala Ali - Moonlight

Moonlight is a great film that won an Oscar for best picture under very unfortunate circumstances, but it‘s a shame that the incident overshadows the quality of the film.
Mahershala Ali‘s performance in Moonlight is a very brief one, yet you will remember him after watching the film. It‘s an imporant role for the plot and the development of the leading character. And one thing that is very appreciatable is that this actually is a supporting role, in times when the Academy tends to make category frauds. It‘s an understated performance, but works wonderfully for the film.
Ali has got a great screen presence
. It is very much visible in the scene, in which he first meets Little. He is somehow able to create an atmosphere around his characer, that we immediately start to sympathize with him, despite the character not being an angel.
Another great acting moment is his argument with Little‘s mother. He doesn‘t speak a lot throughout the scene, but you see all in his eyes.
Ali certainly is a worthy winner (we‘ve had much worse ones in recent years), though I probably would prefer other supporting male performances from the film and I‘d very much appreciate their nomination (Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders).

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