"Viggo, it's been an honor going on this journey with you. Such a beautiful actor and person," Mahershala Ali said in his acceptance speech. "You make me better"

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January 27, 2019 09:00 PM

Congrats are in order for Mahershala Ali!

He took home the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for Green Book. 

“SAG, thank you for this. Timothée [Chalamet], Adam [Driver], Richard [E. Grant], Sam [Elliott] — thank you for your work,” Ali said, acknowledging the other actors in his category. “The more I’m fortunate and blessed to do this work, the more I realize how much I need all of you in this room to get my inspirations from. Viggo, it’s been an honor going on this journey with you. Such a beautiful actor and person. You make me better.”

Ai, 44, also thanked his wife Amatus Sami-Karim and their 23-month-old daughter Bari Najma.

The movie tells the story of Dr. Don Shirley, a black jazz pianist on tour in the 1960s Deep South portrayed by Ali, and his driver Tony Lip, played by Mortensen.

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Ali has already received plenty of accolades for his supporting performance, including a BAFTA nomination and an Academy Award nomination, both of which are pending — and he already took home the Golden Globe earlier this month.

During his acceptance speech, he thanked his fellow nominees and his costar.

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“Viggo, you are an extraordinary scene partner,” Ali said. “You pushed me every day, no days off. Even the days off weren’t days off. Thank you, brother, I love you.”

In the past, the actor has won a SAG Award for his role in Moonlight and as part of the Hidden Figures cast. He also won the Oscar for the Barry Jenkins-directed film.

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