89th Academy Awards: 'Moonlight' is first LGBTQ film to win Best Picture
Moonlight picked up three awards tonight, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Probably don’t need to tell you, but it can’t be said enough: Moonlight has won the Best Picture Oscar, making it the first LGBTQ film to take home the industry’s highest honor.
The film is based on the play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” and scriptwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney says:
“Moonlight isn’t just a ‘gay film’ or a ‘black film,’” attributing an inauthenticity in limiting the film to just one category.
“It is a queer story, it is a gay story, it is a poverty story — you know what I mean? It is a story about drug addiction.”
Through its win, many are celebrating the universality of stories told from marginalized perspectives – that anyone can relate to & learn from these less visible perspectives even if the experiences between the viewer and the film’s subjects are dissimilar.
We hope that the Best Picture win will ignite an intellectual curiosity for many more people to seek out the film than would otherwise – but what’s assured: Moonlight is a landmark film that will enjoy a place in the studied canon for the rest of film history.