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(Black PR Wire) (LOS ANGELES) - With a bit of a dramatic ending, Moonlight concluded the awards season last night with three Oscar statues at the 89th Academy Awards. Actor Mahershala Ali won "Best Supporting Actor;" director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney earned "Best Adapted Screenplay" and the film won "Best Picture" - the most coveted prize of the night.
On Saturday, Moonlight dominated the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, winning every category they were nominated in: "Best Feature," "Best Director," "Best Screenplay," "Best Cinematography," "Best Editing" (for which co-editor Joi McMillon became the first black woman to win such an award), and the "Robert Altman Award."
Take a look at all the acceptance speeches below, and congratulations to Moonlight and the entire team at A24 and Plan B.
"Best Picture" Oscars Speech - Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski
"Best Supporting Actor" Oscars Speech - Mahershala Ali
"Best Adapted Screenplay" Oscars Speech - Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney
A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, MOONLIGHT is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins's staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.