#OscarsSoWhite? Not today, Oscars. Not today.
The 2016 Academy Awards will forever be known as the most dramatic year in the awards show’s history—and that’s saying a lot considering this is the same broadcast that brought us the unforgettable, “You like me!” Sally Field moment. The public protestation over the lack of minority nominees in the running for the 88th Academy Awards flooded news outlets with actors and actresses boycotting the awards show, and the all-too-real hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Luckily, the backlash was met head-on by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and its board of governors, who reacted by announcing plans to expedite the diversification of its membership.
Cut to 2017: Now, the list for nominees hasn’t been officially announced yet, but that doesn’t stop the industry birds from tweeting. Word on the street is this year’s Oscar nominee list is shaping up to include multiple films featuring people of color.
If I was a betting man, I would put all my chips on “Moonlight” as the Movie Most Likely to Slay the Oscars. I’m confident this film is going to snatch all the trophies this awards season, and let me explain why. “Moonlight,” based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, is, at its roots, a movie about growing up poor, black and gay. However, to restrict this masterpiece to such a confined description hardly does it justice. Engaging with this mesmerizing film is tantamount to seeing a rich and colorful triptych beautifully form in front of your eyes—each brushstroke laced with random memories, pivotal life experiences and emotional pain.
Check out the trailer below to get a feel for why this film is the one to watch.
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