Moonlight took home three
statues at Sunday's 89th Academy Awards, including the
Oscar for Best Picture.
Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's play
In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Moonlight, written
and directed by Barry Jenkins, follows an African-American man
(played by Trevante Rhodes) who struggles to come out gay over three
periods of his life while growing up in a rough neighborhood of
The film beat out La La Land,
considered a favorite, Fences, Hidden Figures, Hacksaw
Ridge, and others to win the night's biggest prize.
In a stunning turn of events for the
film, Moonlight emerged as the Best Picture winner after
presenter Warren Beatty announced La La Land as the winner and
producers and cast for that film had made their way onstage.
“Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for
this,” host Jimmy Kimmel joked, a reference to Harvey's gaffe where
he crowned the wrong winner of the 2015 Miss Universe pageant.
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.
Ali is the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar.
Moonlight also won for Best
In accepting the award, McCraney, who
was joined on the stage by Jenkins, dedicated the win to “all those
black and brown boys and girls and non-gender-conforming who don't
see themselves. We're trying to show you you and us. So thank you,
thank you, this is for you.”