The ‘Moonlight’ Barry Jenkins Speech We Didn’t Get To Hear…

Now that the dust has cleared, the big Oscar fiasco has spawned a variety of different conversations. One of them involve that “moment” when your project’s name is called. The excitement and pride that comes with the announcement of a “Best Picture” win is probably indescribable. Barry Jenkins and the producers of “Moonlight” will never know what that feels like. They were probably busy wallowing in disappointment which soon changed to happiness as news of the mistake surfaced. In hindsight, they were robbed of that moment and the emotion that comes with it.

Jenkins talked about the whole ordeal the morning after with EW and the one thing he pointed out was…his inability to say what he wanted to say to celebrate the moment. Because he was in such shock, he said a short statement but didn’t get to accurately reflect his sentiments. Like everyone else who thought they might win, a speech was prepared. Due to the mix-up, it never got delivered. Jenkins said that had he been able to deliver his acceptance speech the right way, it would have probably sounded like this…

“[Moonlight playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney] and I are this kid. We are Chiron,” he says, referring to his background as a child from Liberty City, Miami, whose mother once struggled with drug addiction. “And you don’t think that kid grows up to be nominated for eight Academy Awards. It’s not a dream he’s allowed to have.  I still feel that way. I didn’t think this was possible. But now I look at other people looking at me and if I didn’t think it was possible, how are they going to? But now it’s happened. So what I think of possibility, let’s take it off the table. The thing has happened.”

This movie is so important and reaches across a variety of lifestyles. It is important that the message be seen and heard. Congrats to the storytellers, talent, and crew of ‘Moonlight’. Thank you for making this film happen.

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