Moonlight director Barry Jenkins reads the Oscars acceptance speech that he could not give last year


Gay drama Moonlight won the Best Picture award at Oscars 2017, though there was no chance for the winners to receive their awards because of the mix-up with envelopes that led to La La Land being mistakenly proclaimed as the best picture. Barry Jenkins, the director of Moonlight, has spoken previously about how the famous fail robbed him of the moment to read out the acceptance speech he had prepared, he was only given an opportunity to say a couple of words when the La La Land crew spoke out. Jenkins attempted to right the wrong this week at the SXSW film festival – where he got his first creative break 10 years ago. In the speech he paid tribute to Tarell Alvin McCraney, the playwright whose work Moonlight is based on, and spoke about how importamt it is to accept yourself the way you are. “Tarell and I are Chiron. We are that boy. And when you watch Moonlight, you don’t assume a boy who grew up how and where we did would grow up and make a piece of art that wins an Academy Award — certainly don’t think he would grow up to win Best Picture,” said the filmmaker, “I’ve said that a lot and what I’ve had to admit is that I placed those limitations on myself. I denied myself that dream — not you, not anyone else — me. And so, to anyone watching this who sees themselves in us, let this be a symbol, a reflection that leads you to love yourself”.


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