Capping a breakout year in which he starred on screens big and small,
In accepting his Academy Award, Ali thanked his teachers who taught him, "'it wasn't about you, it's about these characters you are serving. You're in service to these stories and these characters.' I'm so blessed to have had an opportunity. It's about Juan, it's about Chiron, it's about Paula," he said, referring to characters in "Moonlight."