Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali Welcomes First Child Just Days Before Academy Awards

Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali Welcomes First Child Just Days Before Academy Awards

The Best Supporting Actor winner is officially having the best week ever.

By Laura Rosenfeld
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You would think being nominated for an Academy Award (and possibly winning one) during Sunday night's Oscars ceremony would pretty much be the highlight of one's week. But something else may have just topped that for Mahershala Ali, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Moonlight at this year's show.

Mahershala welcomed his first child with wife Amatus Sami-Karim on February 22, the actor recently announced on Instagram with a sweet pic of the new mom cuddling their little one.

Bari (Bar-ee) Najma Ali 💜2/22/17 #pisces

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The couple named their daughter Bari (pronounced Bar-ee) Najma Ali and also noted in the Instagram post that she's a pisces.

As PEOPLE also pointed out, Mahershala and Jimmy Kimmel joked about the possibility of his daughter being born during the actual Oscars ceremony on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in January. “I’m hosting the show, and you do what you wanna do, but it’d be really great for our ratings if your wife had the baby during the Oscars,” Jimmy said. “During the monologue would be ideal.”

Perhaps even Mahershala's baby could have gone home with a coveted golden statuette then. “And then you name the baby Oscar, you got no problems going forward," Jimmy continued to joke. “I think they would give little Oscar an Oscar for that.”

Catch the full funny moment, below.

Update 2/26/17 9:07 p.m.: It's official: Mahershala is having the best week ever. The actor was awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor during Sunday night's ceremony.

The actor expressed his gratitude to his wife for supporting him throughout awards season while she was pregnant with their first child during his acceptance speech. "Lastly, I just want to thank my wife, who was in her third trimester during awards season. We just had a daughter four days ago," Mahershala said to thunderous applause from the audience. "I just want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process and really carrying me through it all."

With his win, Mahershala also became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar.

Mahershala also spoke about life with his newborn with E! News' Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet before the Academy Awards. "I'm a special kind of tired right now," he shared. "It's amazing though. I'm very grateful. It's been a good time."

The Oscar winner also added about his baby girl, "She was late, she was running late. But she's here and healthy and happy."

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