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Moonlight is the Oscar 2017 Best Picture Winner!

This was an exciting year for film in terms of diversity AND Moonlight absolutely deserved Best Picture (as well as Best Supporting Actor and Adapted Screenplay) honors. It is a beautiful story focusing on three periods in a young gay Black man’s life. The film is so personal in its approach that it transcends its own story about Black and gay and becomes something bigger about being different and how we experience the world as “other”. There were some great films this year, but this one stands out for me as one that I continue to think about. I will borrow the words of my friend Husiela Farani-Simmons who wrote, “a movie that depicts the essence of love, longing, and a battle of conflicting identities many of us grapple with as told through story of a young gay man”. In the larger award show, all categories had at least one Black actor/actress/director nominated, and several of the films and documentaries represented stories about the lives of Black people. Diversity ruled in film this year, and it was because the films and the actors were exceptional.

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