Monday, February 27, 2017

Grace and History: Moonlight is The First LGBTQ Film To Win The Best Picture Oscar

The Oscar awards show last night was loooong, and when La La Land was announced as the winner of Best Picture (3 hours and 38 minutes into the broadcast), I thought the whole thing was over.

It wasn't.

After three speeches, Jordan Horowitz (Producer of La La Land) approached the microphone and said, ""I'm sorry. No. There's a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture."

Then he held up the card for the cameras:

In what was truly a moment of grace, Jordan raised the Oscar statuette he had been mistakenly handed, and said,

"I'm going to be really proud to hand this to my friends from Moonlight."

And then the actual winners for Best Picture, the Moonlight team, took the stage, stunned, not sure if they could believe it...

Barry Jenkins (Director and Co-Writer of Moonlight) said:

"There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible."

It's an historic moment - Moonlight is the first LGBTQ film to win the Oscar for best picture.

And when, earlier in the evening, Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney dedicated his win

"to all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender-conforming who don't see themselves" in film.

Grace, and history. Here's the trailer for Moonlight:

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