Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins Finally Gave His Inspirational Oscars Best Picture Speech

From TIME - March 12, 2018

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has finally delivered the acceptance speech he would have given if La La Land hadnt been mistakenly announced as Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars.

As a keynote speaker South by Southwest on Sunday, Jenkins read aloud the remarks he had prepared for Moonlights win but never got to share in the wake of the mix-up. The director was given just a few seconds to express his thanks after he took the stage at last years Academy Awards.

[Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney] and I are Chiron, he told the SXSW audience of the movies main character, a poor, gay, black boy growing up in Miami. We are that boy. And when you watch Moonlight, you dont assume a boy who grew up how and where we did would grow up and make a piece of art that wins an Academy Award. Ive said that a lot, and what Ive had to admit is that I placed those limitations on myself, I denied myself that dream. Not you, not anyone elseme.


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