2017 Oscars: Best Picture: Moonlight

Awards won/nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), Best Supporting Actress (Naomie Harris), Best Director (Barry Jenkins), Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Music Score.

Summary: This movie chronicles the story of Chiron, a black man growing from adolescence into adulthood while struggling to find a place in the world and living in Miami, Florida. Chiron is shown through flashbacks as being bullied for his size, neglected by family, and struggling heavily with his sexuality while living in a crime-ridden neighborhood with his drug-ridden mother. The film is told in three different parts: childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. As a whole, Moonlight captures the essence of life as an LGBT+ person of color. Moonlight shows the downfalls, highlights, lessons, and adventures Chiron faces throughout his life.

Who would love it: Troubled adolescents, LGBT+ community, people of color, cinematography lovers.

Why: Moonlight captures the struggles adolescents go through in their journey into adulthood, whether it be about their sexual orientation, race, family life, or feeling accepted in any capacity. It is a beautiful film whim shows how everyone should look out for each other, no matter the gender, race, or sexuality.

Who would hate it: Ignorant folk, cinematography haters, non-theatre people.
Why: Moonlight is loosely based on a play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney. With theatre undertones and deep plot lines, it is difficult for a person who is not a fan of this genre to enjoy.

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