The ‘moonlight’ didn’t gleam as bright as it should have at last night’s Oscars.
Lost in the confusion of the envelope fiasco, the film Moonlight was also snubbed of the recognition that it undoubtedly deserved.
Their moment was overshadowed with an underlying context of the white film (La La Land) taking the moment from the black film (Moonlight). Even though it was a ‘mishap’, the tension was undeniable but we can’t help but be more proud that it wasn’t the other way around.
Black film score: 1
White film score: 1,000,000.
Though the score difference is drastic, this one win is an accomplishment in the right direction for us all.
Many don’t even know that history was made, so let us shed a little light on Moonlight’s achievements.
Moonlight shattered the glass ceiling paving the way for other black films.
This coming-of-age drama about a gay black man growing up in Miami made history by becoming the first all-black cast to win an Academy Award for best picture at the Oscars.
The film’s director Barry Jenkins became the first African American to score nominations for best director, best picture and best-adapted screenplay in the same year!
In his acceptance speech, Barry stated:
"Very clearly, even in my dreams, this could not be true,"…"But to hell with dreams, I'm done with it, 'cause this is true. Oh, my goodness."
According to usatoday.com, for the Academy Awards, a win for Moonlight is a strong and hopeful statement about the future when it comes to inclusion in Hollywood.
This is the first film that included a primarily all black cast that wasn’t about racism, slavery, or the civil rights movie to win such a prestigious award.
It is the first to have a gay protagonist.
Moonlight has broken down barriers that have been held for many years. The message of equal recognition was conveyed just with this win, it doesn't mean diversity in cinema is “fixed,” but it is a strong indicator that the Academy is embracing stories that are used to being ignored.