While it would seem the most exciting thing in Mahershala Ali's life this year was his breathtaking performance in Moonlight and subsequent Oscar nomination, that might not be the case. In December, Ali announced that he was expecting a child with his wife, Amatus Sami-Karim. In an interview with Elle in 2014, Ali told the magazine that he met his wife in college at NYU, and the two have been inseparable since. Ali also told the magazine that the two dated for 17 years before getting married in 2013. Though you may not of know Sami-Karim just yet, she is also a creative, working as an artist and composer. The couple clearly find inspiration in each other and keep each other grounded, making them the perfect team. Oh, and did I mention that they are both beautiful? Whether it's on or off the red carpet, Ali and Sami-Karim make a gorgeous couple.
In many interviews this Oscar season, Ali has mentioned his wife. "She’s extraordinarily intelligent, she’s about the right things, spiritually grounded, a beautiful person,” Ali told the Death, Sex, and Money podcast. The couple share their Muslim faith, which the actor noted in his emotional SAG Awards speech about religion and love. In December, the couple announced in an Instagram post that they were expecting their first child.
Ali captioned the picture simply "Amatus~Sami" with a star emoji. This was exciting news for the star, and the couple have appeared on the red carpet several times since the announcement. At the Golden Globes, Sami-Karim and Ali appeared looked happy as ever, beaming while Ali put his hand on Sami-Karim's baby bump:
It's a busy red carpet season for Ali, who has attended numerous ceremonies in the lead up to the Academy Awards on Sunday. The couple have also appeared behind the scenes, enjoying the backstage festivities:
They look amazing in complimentary threads, and often appear together wearing noteworthy outfits. At the Emmy Awards in September, Ali wore a classic tux with Sami-Karim at his side in an elegant black dress:
Sami-Karim seems to have an eye for a stunning fabrics and patterns, and this certainly isn't the first show-stopping red carpet look the artist has worn. Here is another red carpet look from the pair:
Trying to decide if I'm in love with Mahershala Ali or his wife, Amatus Sami-Karim. pic.twitter.com/t2owaOKrDw— Nev Patel (@unicorninkk) December 1, 2016
Ali also posted a photo from the above event to Instagram and captioned the photo, "She always outshines ✨@amatus23 suited and booted by @lysacooper @kenzo #freestateofjones#premeire".
Of course, Ali isn't the only one who posts relationship pics on Instagram. In the past, Sami-Karim has shared more candid photos, including this birthday wish:
The caption reads, "This dude's birthday. 2/16 @mahershalaali #love365". While the couple look amazing on the red carpet, the pics of them just hanging out are also so sweet. Of course, even when attending a more casual event, they still bring the looks:
Karim captioned the photo "#Repost @mahershalaali with @repostapp. #Peace @amatus23... We live in the 70s and now... Time travel. #bestdaybestfriend". Of course, these two have casual outfits for days, and look even more amazing when they are just hanging out:
Whether it is just a casual day out and about, or when they step out on the red carpet, this couple always looks amazing. However, what really matters is that they support each other's dreams and aspirations. If Ali wins that Oscar on Sunday, I think we know at least one person he will thank.