And “Moonlight,” a coming-of-age film about a young gay black man, won the Oscar for best picture at last night’s Academy Awards. The win came after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway appeared to have received the wrong envelope, and then Warren Beatty, who was confused, handed it to Faye Dunaway, who announced “La La Land” as the winner. Awards ceremony officials then came on stage to correct the error.
Awards official: “Guys, guys, I’m sorry. No, there’s a mistake. 'Moonlight,' you guys won best picture. This is not a joke. This is not a joke. I’m afraid they read the wrong thing.”
“Moonlight” also garnered a best supporting actor Oscar for Mahershala Ali, who is the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award. Ali was among a series of black writers and actors who won awards, including Viola Davis, who won best supporting actress for her role in “Fences.” Overall, last night had more black winners than any previous Academy Awards night. “Moonlight” also won best adapted screenplay. These are writers Tarell Alvin McCraney and Barry Jenkins accepting the award.
Barry Jenkins: “And for all you people out there who feel like 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.”
Tarell Alvin McCraney: “Two boys from Liberty City up here on this stage representing 305. 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.”