Mahershala Ali and Wife Amatus Sami-Karim Welcome First Child

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Amatus Sami-Karim and Mahershala Ali

It's a busy week for the Oscar nominee.

In the days leading up to the Oscars, first-time nominee Mahershala Ali has another reason to celebrate.

The Moonlight actor and wife Amatus Sami-Karim welcomed their first child, Bari Najma Ali, on Feb. 22, the proud father announced on Instagram Friday with a photo of Sami-Karim holding their newborn.

Back in January, Ali (whose full first name is Mahershalalhashbaz) visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! and told the Oscars host that the pair wanted to do "something a little bit simpler for our child" when it came to naming the baby.

"Still keep it unique," he clarified. "But something a little bit simpler."


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

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The new father is vying for best supporting actor at Sunday's Academy Awards.

Congrats to the couple!