*Oscar winner Mahershala Ali revealed Sunday that his daughter, delivered four days before the ceremony, was born inside of her amniotic sac.
As previously reported, the “Moonlight” star’s wife, Amatus Sami-Karim, gave birth to daughter Bari Najma Ali last week. At the Academy Awards on Sunday, the actor revealed the infant was born en caul, a rare type of birth that occurs in fewer than one in 80,000.
“The water didn’t break until the baby was literally almost out, so when she was born, she came out in a clear, like, bag,” he told Access Hollywood. “I’m going, ‘Wow, they come brand new!’ And she was in the sack, and it was incredible! So she wasn’t dirty or anything because they had to like slip it off of her. It was such an extraordinary experience.”
During his acceptance speech, Ali praised his wife for going through the awards season while extremely pregnant.
“We just had our daughter four days ago,” he said. “I just wanna thank her for being such a soldier during this process, who really carried me through this all, so thank you.”