Filmmaker Barry Jenkins' Moonlight Awarded Best Picture at 2017 Academy Awards

Barry Jenkins a former visiting Film faculty member and Cinema Visionaries guest lecturer

Highest filmmaking honors went to Barry Jenkins, a former visiting Film faculty member and Cinema Visionaries guest lecturer, at the 89th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles February 26. His film Moonlight won the Best Picture Oscar, bringing to three the film's total number of Academy Awards.

Jenkins and Tarrell Alvin McCraney were also honored with the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Moonlight star Mahershala Ali was honored with the Oscar for Best-Supporting Actor.

Jenkins' beautifully crafted and critically praised drama was announced the winner following a confounding gaffe that wrongly announced La La Land the winner. The dramatic last-minute switcheroo fell on the heels of what has been described as "one of the most contentious Oscar races in recent history."

"I see this film's reception as optimism," Jenkins said while interviewed by the Los Angeles Times on the red carpet following the 74th Golden Globes on January 8, at which Moonlight won Best Picture-Drama.

"I see it as a sign that we should tell the truth, our stories, more often and more consistently. They say black films don't travel but look at this."

About Moonlight, Best Picture of the Year

Moonlight follows the life of a young man named Chiron in three acts, chronicling three different points in his path to adulthood.

Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes all star as Chiron, and the film introduces the various characters who meet and influence him throughout his life, from the understanding drug dealer he turns to for advice (Mahershala Ali) to his drug-addicted mother (Naomie Harris).

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