Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture but was robbed of its moment by a screw-up by PricewaterhouseCooper. Best Picture presenters Faye Dunaway & Warren Beatty were mistakenly given Emma Stone’s envelope & they declared La La Land the winner. It was
an upsetting moment that will go down in Oscar history. Moonlight is the brilliant story that follows a gay black man, Chiron, through three stages of his early life, along with his struggles with self-acceptance, bullying & his mother's addiction to crack cocaine. Rarely do black gay men get this kind of screen portrayal that shows them with haunting & joyful complexity & received such glowing reviews from top critics. Moonlight addresses poverty, the school-to-prison pipeline, homophobia & real issues that affect our LGBTQ community. The film received eight nominations & won Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali & Best Adapted Screenplay Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McCraney.
Openly gay McCraney who wrote the original source material in the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue dedicated the award "to all those black & brown boys & girls & non-gender conforming who don't see themselves" in his acceptance speech. Barry Jenkins concluded "All you people out there who feel like there's no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected ... we have your back.”
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