Oscars 2017: Moonlight's Barry Jenkins Wins Best Adapted Screenplay

Tarell Alvin McCraney, whose story and play the screenplay was based on, sent his award out "to all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender conforming who dont see themselves, we are trying to show you, you and us".

Moonlight has already bestowed an award for Mahershala Ali (Supporting Actor) and is still up for the marquee Best Picture award.

Barry Jenkins' powerful drama cleaned up at Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards, winning six awards including best picture, and the cast brought that same celebratory energy to the Oscars pre-show on Sunday.

"Moonlight" had now earned more than $22 million at the North American box office - enough to make the movie clearly profitable, but the lowest total among the nine best-picture nominees.

The movie tells the three-part story of Chiron, a poor gay black man coming to terms with his sexual identity while growing up in Florida.

The creation of Moonlight was a crucial moment of visibility for so many, and Jenkins speech continued to shine a light on those people whose existences are so rarely affirmed and recognized.

Moonlight beat out Hidden Figures, Fences, Lion, and Arrival for the prize. And I say exhume those bodies.

While many projected La La Land would take home the he biggest prize of the ceremony, Moonlight won in a surprise twist that looked like it was ripped straight from the screen.

"Oh captain, my captain", she told Washington, "thank you for putting two entities in the driving seat: August and God". "We will not forget you". That recognition followed a two-year shutout of minority nominees in Oscar acting races that gave rise to the #OscarsSoWhite campaign.

  • Salvatore Jensen