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‘Moonlight’ is the first LGBTQ-themed film to win best picture. That’s a big deal.

Whether or not Moonlight took home the Best Picture trophy Sunday night, it would’ve been a standout film with deep personal, political and cultural resonance. But its win elevates the film to the level of cultural artifact. People will be able to tell from this win what mattered to people in 2016. And this year, black queer lives mattered.

Where mainstream LGBTQ media has offered mostly white representation before, with notable exceptions like Noah’s Arc, Moonlight centers on both unapologetic queerness and blackness. It treats its queer, black and Latino characters with dignity and respect.

In a world that is still striving to understand intersectionality, Moonlight doesn’t compartmentalize Chiron’s blackness and his queerness. It allows him, and other characters, to be radically fully-realized, whole people. And when you create psychologically complex characters full of agency, it allows us to feel that we can be the same. Read more (Opinion)

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An important message about the power of film and storytelling from The Salesman Director Asghar Farhadi.

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The Oscars’ “In Memoriam” tribute left out trans actress Alexis Arquette

  • In an interview with ABC News, Patricia Arquette chided the Academy for leaving out her sister Alexis Arquette, a transgender actress and activist with credits in movies like Pulp Fiction and The Wedding Singer.
  • “I was really pissed off the academy left out my sister Alexis in the memoriam, because Alexis had a great body of work, but Alexis was one of very few trans artists that worked in the business,” she told the outlet.
  • Arquette died in September after battling what People later identified as an “AIDS-related illness.” Read more (2/27/17 2:24 PM)
I think about love on a scale from 1 to 10. Most of us find a 6 or 7, and that’s why we have divorce. It’s the truth. We settle for that 6 or 7. But I like to think Kevin is Chiron’s 10. He’s found that and he realizes that there’s no reason to settle for a 6 or a 7 because, ‘I know this person is my 10. Whether or not this person believes I’m his 10, I’m going to devote my life to this person entirely.’ That’s why the line where he says, 'You’re the only man that’s ever touched me,’ for me, was the most amazing, most beautiful thing I’ve seen in cinema, period. Because that’s what we strive for as people, to find that one person because they’re there. If Kevin doesn’t feel that they should be together, Chiron is just going to die a miserable person because that’s his person and he won’t settle for anything else. But I like to think they’re together, walking in Central Park hand-in-hand when they’re 90 years old.
—  Trevante Rhodes
I’m at the Oscars with Michael J. Fox and a DeLorean while wearing future shoes. All I have to do is sing The Schuyler Sisters song from Hamilton in front of the whole world and I’ll have completed my entire bucket list.