Awards seasons come and go, but exceptional work, like Mahershala Ali’s performance in Moonlight, lasts forever. So we had the 43-year-old actor give us some of his all-time favorites of film.
Regardless of the outcome, Oscar night will be victory lap for Mahershala Ali. Sure, he’s nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Juan in Moonlight, but Ali’s success transcends the whims of the Academy. Besides delivering one of the most sensitive, memorable performances in Moonlight—which is saying something—Ali redeemed the fourth season of House of Cards as Remy Danton and, even though he already had our attention, stole scenes in Hidden Figures as Colonel Jim Johnson (“tall glass of water” is right). He even makes wearing one of this year’s most surprising colors look easy. We asked Ali to tell us about the films and artists who inspire him—the winners of his own personal Academy Awards, if you will. Our advice: Don’t just read Mahershala’s picks, watch them all.
Don’t believe us? Check out his warm color style pictorial below:
Coat, $2,830, shirt and pants by Salvatore Ferragamo
Shirt, $615, and pants by Issey Miyake Men / Watch, Breitling / Jewelry, his own
Vest, $1,755, and jeans (sold with bandana), $395, by Isaia / Shirt, $225, by Agnès B. / Boots by Wolverine
Jacket, $545, by Moncler / Sneakers, $90, by Converse
Sweater by Daniel Cremieux / Jeans by Levi’s
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