Oakland-born and Hayward-raised Mahershala Ali took home his second Oscar in three years on Sunday night, one of several winners with Bay Area connections.
Ali won the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of world-class pianist Don Shirley in Best Picture winner "Green Book." In 2017, Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar when he won in the same category for his role in "Moonlight."
"I want to dedicate this to my grandmother who has been in my ear my entire life telling me if at first I don't succeed, try, try again," Ali said in his acceptance speech. "That I could do anything I put my mind to, always, always pushing me to think positively, and I know that I would not be here without her."
Ali beat out two fellow Northern California products to win the award. Sam Rockwell, who was born in Daly City and grew up in San Francisco, was nominated for his role as former President George W. Bush in "Vice," and Sacramento's Sam Elliott earned a nomination for his part in "A Star is Born."