Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has revealed what his Best Picture acceptance speech would have been, if he’d been able to make it.
The infamous screw-up at the end of this week’s Oscars has ensured that this year’s ceremony will be remembered forever, but it also stole Moonlight‘s moment in the spotlight.
There was so much confusion on stage, as the cast and crew of Moonlight realised that they had won Best Picture (despite La La Land being announced as the winner, initially), that the film’s director Barry Jenkins didn’t get to make the speech he had planned to.
Now, Jenkins has told Entertainment Weekly what he would have said up on that stage if the circumstances had been different.
“[Moonlight playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney] and I are this kid. We are Chiron,” Jenkins said, referring to his background as the son of a drug addicted mother in Miami, which is similar to the main character’s story in Moonlight.
“And you don’t think that kid grows up to be nominated for eight Academy Awards. It’s not a dream he’s allowed to have. I still feel that way. I didn’t think this was possible. But now I look at other people looking at me and if I didn’t think it was possible, how are they going to?
“But now it’s happened. So what I think of possibility, let’s take it off the table. The thing has happened.”
A short, but inspirational, speech, for sure. It’s just a shame we’ll never get to hear it at the Oscars.
Moonlight, starring Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex Hibbert, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae and Best Supporting Actor winner Mahershala Ali, is now showing at Palace Barracks and Palace Centro, Dendy Portside, Blue Room Cinebar, New Farm Cinemas and Event Cinemas Indooroopilly.
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