'Moonlight' Movie: Barry Jenkins Calls Best Picture Victory a 'Considerable Gesture'

Well, that's what happened Sunday night at the 89th annual Oscars, when the whole cast and crew of "La La Land" were called on stage and given the most coveted trophies in the film industry for Best Picture - only to have them snatched away a few seconds later on public television.

Barry, on the major fail: "It's messy, but it's kind of gorgeous..." It's a dream that I never allowed myself to have.

UAE film fans have a rare, one-off chance to catch recent Oscar-winner Moonlight uncut and in the cinema. It's a shame that it happened - but I don't know, I don't, you know, - these things happen and we just have to take the positives. I still feel that way. Moonlight, the film directed and produced by a total of seven FSU alumni, won the award for Best Picture, beating out films like Hidden Figures and La La Land that were considered fierce competition and also received several other nominations of their own.

Jenkins' wrote the screenplay for "Moonlight" with Tarell Alvin McCraney, who grew up in the same neighborhoods as Jenkins. It's kind of trite to say, but I was always taught that if you want to make something universal, make it very exclusive, make it very specific, make it have an authentic core. "And my first thought was to get to the stage to give Jordan a hug as quickly as possible", he continued.

But their roller coaster night and mutual respect weren't the only things the men had in common by the time the Oscars were over.

Maybe next year, the Academy should hire Johnson to oversee the envelopes and make sure everything goes smoothly.

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The two share a moment in history: Chazelle became the youngest Best Director victor and "Moonlight" became the first LGBTQ film, as well as the first movie by a black writer-director, to win Best Picture. I don't think Damien set out to be the youngest winning director. One of the most amusing faces belongs to Dwayne Johnson, who looked surprised, incredulous and even a little angry.

To recap: "You can literally see my wheels spinnin' on whether or not I should hit the stage and take down an Oscars producer who I thought went rogue".



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