“Moonlight” Wins Academy Award for Best Picture

By Frederick H. Lowe


The sun shined on “Moonlight,” which won the Oscar for Best Picture, following an embarrassing mixup before a television audience of millions at Sunday’s night’s 89th Academy Awards.

Actress Faye Dunaway, who  copresented the award for best picture with Actor Warren Beatty, announced that “La La Land” had won. Jordan Horowitz, “La La Land’s” producer, however, corrected her and announced that “Moonlight” had won the Oscar for Best Picture. “Moonlight’s” cast then ran to the stage and began hugging each other in celebration.

Viola Davis
Viola Davis

Blacks took home a record five Academy Awards. Winners included Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney for best adapted screenplay for “Moonlight,” a film about the coming of age story of a boy growing to manhood under brutal circumstances in Miami. The film has an all-black cast.

Mahershala Ali won an Oscar for best supporting actor for “Moonlight.”

Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali

Viola Davis won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in “Fences.”  Davis is the first black woman actress to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award.

Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim to win an Oscar.

Ezra Edelman’s film “O.J.:  Made in America,” won the Oscar for the best documentary.

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