Despite the major mix-up at last night’s four-hour Oscars, the cast of Moonlight gave an acceptance speech that brought the audience to their feet. “Little black boys and brown girls, who feel marginalized…and who take some inspiration from this beautiful group of artists…” said Producer Adele Romanski after being left nearly speechless by the commotion of the error.
But it was when Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney took home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay that emotions rode heavy. Jenkins said: “You know, I, told my students that I teach sometimes be in love with the process, not the result, but I really wanted this result because a bajillion people were watching. And for all you people out there who feel there is no mirror for you, that you feel 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.”
“This goes out to all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender conforming who don’t see themselves, we are trying to show you, you and us, so thank you, thank you, this is for you,” fellow writer Tarell Alvin McCraney added.
Moonlight became the first-ever LGBT-themed movie to take home “Best Picture.”
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