‘Moonlight’ Starts The Award Season With 4 Wins At Gotham Awards 2016

‘Moonlight’, One Of The Most Important Films Of The Year, Is Already Winning!

At the 26th annual Gotham Awards, ‘Moonlight‘ kicked off what looks to be an interesting award season. The timeless drama took home four awards at the event in New York. The wins includes Best Feature, Best Screenplay, a Special Jury Award For Ensemble Performance, and the Audience Award.

It ended up beating out other critically praised movies like ‘Hell or High Water‘ and ‘Manchester By The Sea‘ to the shock of some. Is this a preview of what’s to come?

This could be the best film to counteract all the #OscarSoWhite controversy from this year. ‘Moonlight‘ is an insanely raw depiction of a young black man from childhood to adulthood. It dives into struggles of finding his place in the world and growing up in Miami. The film’s real look at life as an African-American living in America is shown on-screen perfectly by the predominantly black cast & crew. Never a cheap ploy to get back at the Academy Award or for attention, it’s genuine. So thrilled the Independent Filmmaker Project recognized the importance.

For the upcoming award season, I’d love to see Trevante Rhodes get Best Actor nominations for his performance as Chiron. Even director Barry Jenkins getting a nomination or two for Best Director would be a lovely nod to his masterful work on this project. His screenplay already won at the Gotham Awards so it’s not a stretch!

Do you think ‘Moonlight‘ by Barry Jenkins will continue to play a major part in the upcoming award season? Let me know in the comments below!

EJ Moreno
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