Moonlight may have won Best Picture at the Oscars and was a fan favorite, but the movie is receiving an even bigger honor in Miami. A stretch of streets will be called Moonlight Way because the movie takes place in Miami and it’s where its director, Barry Jenkins, and playwright, Tarell Alvin McCraney, are from.
Robert Townsend’s Hollywood Shuffle was released 30 years ago this year. Although it couldn’t have been noted at the time, Shuffle became a foundational film that launched the careers of two of our most prolific filmmakers and made us aware of an entire family of comedic geniuses—the Wayans family. I most remember the…
If there were ever anyone deserving of an Oscar acceptance-speech do-over, that would be Moonlight director Barry Jenkins. As we all probably know, La La Land was announced as the Best Picture winner at the Oscars by accident, and Jenkins, in the rush of the moment, wasn’t granted the time to give an acceptance speech.
Where’s a church fan when you need one?
There was no church scene. There were no tambourines or drums, no preachers loudly proclaiming Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1 and 1 Corinthians 6:9. There were no flamboyant choir directors, teenagers named Arthur or bluesmen named Jimmy; no John or Gabriel Grimes; no Elishas.
Mahershala Ali set the tone for the evening as he walked onstage to accept the first award of the night. Ali, who won for best supporting actor in Moonlight, made history as he became the first Muslim actor to ever win an Academy Award.
As those involved with the movies up for the best picture award at Sunday’s Oscars were sitting on pins and needles, most people at home were just ready for the show to finally end. And, boy, did it end with a bang.
I have a complicated relationship with the Academy Awards.
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Flatly, 2016 as a staff, record label and as a motherf—king crew has collectively sucked. Far too many people have died, and a spoiled, mango-colored racist man surrounded by a bunch of like-minded bigots and sycophants will soon make life hell for many who have survived. However, as draining as this year has felt for…
The movie Moonlight has been met with critical acclaim since June. Some reviews have stated that the film is riveting because of the story that it tells: a young black gay man navigating drugs, mass incarceration and the violence of his neighborhood. Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, the film…
In Moonlight, Barry Jenkins’ (Medicine for Melancholy) semiautobiographical coming-of-age story, we follow the three life stages of Chiron (Alex Hibbert), a young African-American boy trying to figure out his identity in Liberty City, a rough Miami neighborhood.
Ever since Nate Parker’s film The Birth of a Nation earned a record $17.5 million distribution deal and walked away with the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, the movie has been positioned as the film most likely to solve Hollywood’s #OscarsSoWhite problem.