Two of the Oscar-winning film’s young breakout stars Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome won Best Kiss, taking home the golden popcorn for their intimate beachside moment. And while they didn’t recreate their kiss in the film as they accepted the award — as has become something of a tradition — they did offer an appropriately powerful acceptance speech.
“I think it’s safe to say that it is okay for young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out of the box,” Sanders began. “This award is for that. It’s for artists who need to step out of the box and do whatever it takes to tell a story and whatever it takes to make a change, to get people to wake up.”
“This award is bigger than Jharrel and I,” Sanders added. “This award represents more than a kiss. This is for the others, the misfits.”