Moonlight wins Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars

With the insane ending to the Oscars, the writers, director, and producers from "Moonlight" quite unfairly didn't get a chance to properly make speeches after their win for best picture.

Mahershala Ali beat out Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Deve Patel (Lion) and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) to win in the Supporting Actor category for his role in Moonlight.

When asked if he hopes this will help break down barriers other movies about LGBT people of color, writer Tarell Alvin McCraney said he hopes that people with diverse stories "were watching and found a platform that they saw they could stand on".

And when Sunday (26 February) night's ceremony ended in disarray, with "La La Land" being mistakenly given the Best Film prize when it actually should have gone to "Moonlight", we were glad that the director of the latter had already delivered one of the speeches of the evening.

"Two boys from Liberty City up here on this stage representing 305".

Explaining that he tells his students to "be in love with the process, not the result", Jenkins admitted he wanted "this result opportunity to speak to the Oscars' large audience around the world".

Moonlight won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay at the 89th annual Academy Awards.

"All you people who feel like there's no mirror for you... we have your back... for the next 4 years we won't forget you", Barry said during the speech. The ACLU has your back.

"Black and brown boys and girls and gender non-conforming...who don't see themselves...we're trying show you, you and us...this is for you", McCraney said.

  • Salvatore Jensen