The 2016 film, which stars Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders and Alex Hibbert, explores the life of a African-American boy at different ages – portraying him struggling to reconcile his sexuality and identity.
The film picked up a string of Oscar nominations and is the only LGBT-themed films in contention this year. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Cinematography, Original Score, Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay, while Barry Jenkins got a nod for Best Directing.
Meanwhile Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali landed respective Best Supporting Actress and Actor nominations for their roles in the acclaimed drama.
The film has been praised by critics and LGBT people alike for its “exploration of gay black masculinity… managing to do so without ever diminishing the lives full of complex humanity that black gay men still manage to have in America while navigating that reality”.
“It takes a village and this morning I was moved beyond words by the love that was shown by the Academy to so many of the wonderful people in our Moonlight village. I’m in Amsterdam at the moment, sharing Chiron’s story a continent away with people of a different culture. That’s what the spirit of these nominations signals to me: an affirmation that film has the power to erode barriers and reveal what makes us all human.”
Barry Jenkins said to PinkNews.
The film will face stiff competition at next month’s Oscars, with acclaimed musical La La Land tipped to earn a record haul at the ceremony next month.
Moonglight will be released on January 27 in Mexico, time to see it before the awards! If successful, it would become the first LGBT + movie to win an Oscar of history.