In a suprise upset that will shock people for ages, Moonlight takes home the Oscar for Best Picture! Directed by Barry Jenkins, the movie beat out Oscar favorite La La Land to win.
Moonlight is a 2016 American drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, and written by both. The film stars Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali.
Filmed in Miami, Florida, beginning in 2015, Moonlight premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016. Distributed by A24, the film was released in the United States on October 21, 2016, and has grossed $23 million worldwide.
Moonlight received acclaim upon its release. At the 74th Golden Globe Awards, the film won Best Motion Picture – Drama, and was nominated in five other categories. The film received eight Oscar nominations for the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It ultimately won best picture after a mix up with La La Land.