Tired or Not, New Dad Mahershala Ali Had an Epic Week

The Academy Award winner didn't just take home one of the evening's top prizes—he also became a father in the days leading up to the awards. But there's a downside to all that excitement...

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Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim to ever win an acting Oscar. That's huge stuff, but the actor proved one thing during his appearance at the awards show: No matter how successful or famous you are, early parenthood is going to seriously kick your butt.

Mahershala looked incredibly dapper on the red carpet...despite the fact that he's not getting much sleep these days. You see, taking home an Oscar was apparently not enough for the winner: He also became a father just four days before the show. The actor and his wife, Amatus Sami-Karim, welcomed their daughter, Bari, on February 22.

“I’m a special kind of tired right now,” Mahershala told E!’s Ryan Seacrest. “It’s amazing, though.”

Um, we hear ya. Describing the sleep deprivation that sets in during those earliest days of parenthood as a "special kind of tired?" Yeah, that's pretty accurate—most new parents will tell you that new-parent exhaustion is unlike anything else they've ever experienced. Honestly, we're pretty impressed by the fact that Mahershala was able to dress up, stick around throughout the event and deliver a killer acceptance speech in the wake (no pun intended) of all that.

His acceptance speech included a sweet shout out to Amatus for surviving a grueling awards season while nine months pregnant. "I just want to thank her for being a soldier through it all and carrying me through this process,” he said.

It's easy for us to believe stars parent in a way that's totally foreign to us regular folks, but it Mahershala's quip tells us anything, it's that parenting is universally exhausting. Then again, it's not all bad: Mahershala has probably never been as tired as he is right now...but we'll bet he's never been happier either.

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