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Moonlight Wins the Oscar!

February 27, 2017

I don't know about you, but the last moments of this year's Oscars show were a doozy...and we loved every minute! Always a fan of talent and creativity, we tuned in for the glitz and glamour and got a whole lot more when presenter Warren Beatty was handed the wrong category card and co-presenter Faye Dunaway announced that awards darling La La Land had won for best picture...only it hadn't. Moonlight had. Oops! All the shuffling around onstage, dropped jaws in the audience (and at my house), and awkward backtracking added a little excitement to the evening for sure, but didn't detract from the significance of Moonlight's big win - which held lots of firsts:

  • Producer Dede Gardner became the first female producer to win two Best Picture Oscars; her first was for Brad Pitt's Plan B-produced 12 Years a Slave, which won Best Picture in 2014 (Plan B also produced Moonlight).
  • Director Barry Jenkins became the first African American to receive nominations for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay (which he won) in the same year.

There were other firsts as well (cast and storyline, to name a few), but overall was just a reflection of diversity and inclusion at its finest. Loved this from @SuperheroSteel: "The guy who put the wrong card in the Best Picture envelope..."


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