I was watching Moonlight just a few hours before it won the Oscar for best film, in an almost totally empty Barbican main cinema room. During the winners’ ceremony, because of an amateur’s blunder, the award was mistakenly given to La La Land and their producer’s acceptance speech was already half way when the mix up was revealed and the real winner, Moonlight, was proclaimed. It is terrible in my mind that Moonlight will be remembered just because of this awkward, dramatic moment, for their momentarily taking the glitz away from the over celebrated La La Land, more than for its own merits. And the merits are many, a wonderful ensemble cast giving their all in a coy story describing bullying and abuse, breaking stereotypes, electrifying.

26 February 2017: Moonlight dir. Barry Jenkins

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