Months before MOONLIGHT came out, Mahershala Ali was seen -- by some -- in FREE STATE OF JONES. This Civil War drama, based on a true story, died a quick death in the battle of the box office. Matthew McConaughey was the star. He played a Confederate deserter who hates the war, hates the idea of slavery, returns to Mississippi and challenges inequality with some runaway slaves on his side.
It's Sunday afternoon. According to The Hollywood Reporter and The Los Angeles Times, the movie HIDDEN FIGURES finished first at the box office. That's the uplifting true story of the three African American woman on the NASA team who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into space in the early 1960s. By the way, Mahershala Ali is in that movie too. It's another film that could score an Oscar nomination next week.
For a few months, I've spending time with my sister in the Twin Cities. On the Fox affiliate in Minneapolis, there's a low-budget but highly entertaining live weekday morning program called THE JASON SHOW.
What a class act he is. And what a remarkable actor too.
Again, I hope Mahershala Ali hears his name announced next week as a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee.