Oscar winning motion picture, Moonlight, marks a major point in Oscar history for reasons other than the viral blunder that occurred during the Best Picture Award announcement, mistakenly naming La La Land as this year’s award recipient.
The voted winner, Moonlight, follows the life story of a black young man named Chiron through the ups and downs of his experiences living in Miami.
The main character’s story is shared by three main actors that portray three major phases through Chiron’s lifetime and bring to life the struggles and successes of understanding his journey through this world.
The Movie’s award marks the first time in Oscar history for a LGBTQ film to receive Best Picture recognition in accordance with GLAAD.
CEO and president of GLAAD, Sarah Kate Ellis, expressed her appreciation towards the film’s recognition when she commented:
“Congratulations to Moonlight on its well-deserved win for Best Picture…Film is our largest cultural export and must represent the full diversity of the people who make up this country. This sends a strong message to the film industry that it needs to embrace inclusive stories if it wants to remain competitive and relevant”.
Jenkins based Moonlight on a Tarrel Alvin McCraney play, and during the awards ceremony held this Sunday, both Tarrel and Jenkins accepted the Best Adapted Screenplay award. Throughout their acceptance speech they gave recognition to “all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender conforming who don’t see themselves”.
Jenkins gave a heartfelt contribution to the speech, when he said, “I tell my students that I teach sometimes, ‘Be in love with the process, not the result,’” Jenkins told the audience. “But I really wanted this result because a bajillion people are watching. And all you people out there who think there’s no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back. The ACLU has your back. We have your back. And for the next four years, we will not leave you alone. We will not forget you.”
Mahershala Ali who played the role of Juan, Chiron’s mentor, in the film Moonlight has been growing rapidly in his acting career. During the ceremony he also received the Best Supporting Actor award and was also a nominee for a total of eight Oscars awards.
As the first Muslim actor to receive an Oscar, the 2017 awards ceremony has marked a turning point in Hollywood history.