'Moonlight' Writer Dedicates Film To All POC And Gender-Nonconforming

The final and biggest prize concluded what the movie's understandably stunned director, Barry Jenkins, called "a dream" for the low-budget film, which chronicles the coming-of-age story of a gay black man growing up in Miami in three distinct chapters.

Ali, who won for Best Supporting Actor in Moonlight, made history as he became the first Muslim actor to ever win an Academy Award.

It's Moonlight's time to shine.

McCraney, who towered over Jenkins in a tuxedo with a red ribbon on his lapel, picked up the baton, dedicating their shared Oscar to "all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender conforming who don't see themselves".

"It is also for others, the victims of police violence, police brutality, racially motivated violence and criminal injustice", he said. "And right now, I have to say I'm encouraged by the response".

McCraney said he was glad that "two boys from Liberty City" could be up there.

"I told my students I teach sometimes, to be in love with the process, not the result". At the WGAs, Arrival won for adapted while Moonlight took original screenplay. "So thank you, thank you, this is for you".

"For all the people out there who feel like there's no mirror for you, that your life isn't reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back", said Jenkins. The pair won a well-deserved award for best original screenplay, and in doing so they showed the world that the stories of people of color and LGBTQ individuals must be told, and told thoughtfully and passionately and on an global stage. That recognition followed a two-year shutout of minority nominees in Oscar acting races that gave rise to the #OscarsSoWhite campaign.

  • Salvatore Jensen