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Mahershala Ali Becomes 2nd Black Actor to Win Multiple Competitive Academy Awards

Mahershala Ali has become only the second Black actor to receive two Oscars, following Denzel Washington.

Mahershala Ali at the 89th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room held at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, USA on February 26, 2017.

Mahershala Ali has become only the second Black actor to receive two competitive Academy Awards in his career, following Denzel Washington.

Ali won Best Supporting Actor for Green Book during the 2019 Academy Awards. The respected thespian took home his first trophy in 2017 for Best Supporting Actor in the Barry Jenkins film Moonlight.

Washington won for Best Supporting Actor in 1990 (Glory) and Best Actor in 2002 (Training Day).

As of 2019, 42 actors and actresses have received two or more Academy Awards in acting categories, with Katherine Hepburn leading the way with four wins. Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Walter Brennan and Daniel Day-Lewis have three wins each while actors such a Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman and others have two wins under their belts.

Sidney Poitier won the 1964 Best Actor Oscar for Lillies of the Field, and an honorary award in 2002.

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