Barry Jenkin's empathetic film called ##Moonlight about a young black man growing up in Louisiana, is a portrait of compassion in an age of harshness. Following on from complaints last year about the lack of representation of black and non-white actors and talent in the Oscars, the dazzling array of awards that Moonlight has so far won, as well as the attention it has courted, is a wonderful thing to behold.

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Other contenders in the #Oscars race feature black actors. There is Fences – Denzel Washingont for best actor – as well as Loving – Ruth Negga as best actress – and then Hidden Figures – Octavia Spencer.

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It is heartening to see Hollywood finally giving these hard working actors the attention they deserve.

But it is as the main actor in Moonlight who is really causing a sensation. Growing up with a single mother in Oakland, #Mahershala Ali came to prominence in Netflix's The House of Cards, where he played Remy, a smart and sometimes soft-hearted political lobbyist. He is also a Muslim, which he converted to when he was in his twenties. #Racial Diversity