La La Land was infamously named the winner of Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards. But Moonlight, a loving portrait of a gay African-American man, was ACTUAL the winner.
Director, Barry Jenkins, was robbed of his moment to deliver the acceptance speech he had planned. But this week at the SXSW film festival in Austin – where Jenkins he got his first big break as a young filmmaker a decade ago– he got his chance.
The speech pays tribute to the playwright whose work Moonlight is based on, Tarell Alvin McCraney. He said:
“Tarell and I are Chiron. We are that boy. And when you watch Moonlight, you don’t assume a boy who grew up how and where we did would grow up and make a piece of art that wins an Academy Award — certainly don’t think he would grow up to win Best Picture.
I’ve said that a lot and what I’ve had to admit is that I placed those limitations on myself. I denied myself that dream — not you, not anyone else — me. And so, to anyone watching this who sees themselves in us, let this be a symbol, a reflection that leads you to love yourself.
Because doing so may be the difference between dreaming at all and somehow, through the Academy’s grace, realising dreams you never allowed yourself to have.”
Trump’s inauguration was presided over by Franklin Graham (son of Billy) who said that Moonlight is an attempt to convince young people to make “homosexual lifestyle choices”. He claimed:
“Many who had never heard of the film Moonlight, which received best picture, have heard of it now. From the reviews I have read, Moonlight portrays a young gay African American coming of age and it stereotypes him as violent, a drug dealer, and a convict.
Hollywood is notorious for glorifying sin. This is just another example of the LGBT’s agenda to make lifestyle choices that God defines as sin seem more and more culturally acceptable. I warn families and the church–don’t allow your young people to be sucked into Hollywood’s dark plan.
We love all people, but we have to be honest about sin’s consequences. Sin is sin—it doesn’t matter if it gets an Oscar or not.”
Like Trump, Graham gets it all wrong. You can bet he’s never watched the film. As you likely know, the main character, Chiron, gets an awkward handjob on the beach as a teenager and then abstains from sex for the rest of the film. And it does the opposite of glorify drugs, by showing harm they do to the community. So fuck Graham.
(Photo, YouTube; via Pink News)