Mahershala Ali wins second Oscar, ties Denzel Washington

Mahershala Ali wins second Oscar, ties Denzel Washington

Mahershala Ali wins second Oscar, ties Denzel Washington

The film tells the story of classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (played by Mahershala Ali) going on tour of the Deep South in the USA. Wendy Ide of the U.K.'s Guardian said the film's approach to race is "at best naive and at worst jaw-droppingly ill-judged".

The film also sparked controversy months ago when relatives of the pianist at the centre of the story, Don Shirley, complained his depiction in the movie contained inaccuracies.

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Spike Lee poses backstage with his Best Adapted Screenplay award for "BlackKklansman" as Mahershala Ali poses with his Best Supporting Actor award for "Green Book".

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He dedicated his award to his grandmother, who he said has pushed him his entire life to keep trying time and time again and to remain positive.

"I'm snakebit. Every time someone is driving somebody, I lose", Lee told reporters in response to a question about his reaction to the win for "Green Book". Zehtabchi's joyful shout upon winning - "I can't believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar!" - helped make up for the deficit. This was a surprising category this year, since two expected audience favorites, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?", about Fred Rogers, and "Three Identical Strangers", weren't nominated.

The portrayal of Dr. Don Shirley also earned Ali awards from the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Golden Globes.

It is probably the biggest night in film thanks to the fact that it honors all of the best movies, actors and behind the scenes people from that particular year.

Lee, reportedly compared the "Green Book" win to a referee making "the wrong call".

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