'Moonlight' wins Best Picture Oscar and sweeps Independent Film Awards
(LOS ANGELES) - February 27, 2017 - With a bit of a dramatic ending, Moonlightconcluded the awards season last night with three Oscar statues at the 89th Academy Awards. Actor Mahershala Ali won "Best Supporting Actor;" directorBarry 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
Tarell Alvin McCraney and Barry Jenkins accept the Best Screenplay award for "Moonlight" at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., Feb. 25, 2017. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
"Best Editing" Film Independent Spirit Awards Speech - Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon
"Best Director" Film Independent Spirit Awards Speech - Barry Jenkins
Moonlight is in theaters everywhere.
"A Masterpiece. We leave the theater as different people than when we came in."- Rolling Stone
"Timely and Timeless"- Vanity Fair
"MOONLIGHT is artful food for your soul. At a time when so many of us need to be lovingly nourished."- Kerry Washington
"MOONLIGHT is the Best Film of the Year, and One That Can Point Americans Forward" - Esquire Magazine
"Every idea, every theme, every emotion you could feel as a human being, you feel onscreen." - Trevor Noah
"Barry Jenkins for President. Incredible movie." - Chris Rock
"An Opus" - Issa Rae
"Go see this film!" - Jesse Williams