The 89th Academy Awards on Sunday weren’t lacking in high-key socio-political statements, one of which came from “Moonlight” playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney.
After receiving the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, which “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins and McCraney shared, they both gave some poignant words about the movie ― which also won Best Picture ― in their acceptance speeches.
The original play ― titled “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” and written over a decade ago ― was inspired by McCraney’s own life experiences.
His speech perfectly attested to the social significance of the film.
“Black and brown boys and girls and gender non-conforming…who don’t see themselves…we’re trying show you, you and us…this is for you,” McCraney said.
We ‘preciate you McCraney.