Best Picture Nominee : Moonlight

#Moonlight

: COMING OF AGE MOVIE, coming out :

As he grows from childhood to adulthood in Miami, a young black man grapples with surviving the poverty and drugs that pervade his neighborhood, establishing his own identity and accepting his sexusexalic. Under the influences of his drug-addicted mother, a kindly surrogate father and a conflicted best fiend , the youth finds his way in life.

Director : Barry Jenkins
Stars : Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris,
Jenelle Monae,

Release Date – 18 November, 2016.
Budget – $5 million
Gross – $19 million

The Famous Swimming scene from Moonlight. 

Ratings :

IMDB – 8.1
Metascore – 99                                              Rotten Tomatoes – 98                           Roger Ebert – 4/4

Oscar Nominations : (8)

Best Picture

Best Director : Barry Jenkins 
Best Supp. Actor :Mahershala Ali ✅

Best Supp. Actress : Naomie Harris 

Adapted Screenplay : Barry Jenkins 

Original Score : Nicholas Britell 
Cinematography 

Film Editing

(✅Predicted Win)

Golden Globes 2017 wins :

Best Motion Picture Drama

SAG wins :

Best Supp Actor : Mahershala Ali
No Bafta wins.

Moonlight score by Nicholas Britell

Trivial & Comments :

Barry Jenkins works without a storyboard, allowing details of the location to dictate the type of shots.Each chapter of this film was designed to imitate various film stocks.
‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins worked with a colorist to achieve this look.

Moonlight” is a film packed with emotion and shattering of stereotypes. Ali, the long-overlooked Hollywood veteran who always conducts himself with class, was key to that. It will be nice to see him finally get his due.

Moonlight is definitely a film to watch this Oscars season — it already won the Golden Globe for “Best Motion Picture Drama.” The movie focuses on the three life stage of Chiron, a Black, gay man who grows up around the drug trade and is abused by his mother.

Director Barry Jenkins (r) adapted Moonlight from the play written by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Mahershala Ali has become something of a breakout star –

Mahershala Ali could become the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar

The film has been widely praised, but perhaps The New York Times’ A.O. Scott summarized it best, calling Moonlight an “unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.”

Naomie Harris ditched a suitcase full of ‘Spectre’ premiere gowns for three days to shoot ‘Moonlight.’ A24

Naomie Harris shot her Oscar-nominated role for ‘Moonlight’ in just three days. 

Talk about time management: Harris had a three-day break from promoting her James Bond film Spectre (she plays Moneypenny) to shoot Moonlight. That meant setting aside red carpets and designer gowns to get into the mindset of a crack addict. “They took me straight from the airport to set,” she recalls. “I didn’t realize I was going to be wearing these tiny little shorts — my first scene was deep crack addiction, so obviously she doesn’t (care) what she’s wearing. That’s when I got a little scared. I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m really going to have to go for this.’ ”

Movie Review :

Why Moonlight should win Best Picture…

Moonlight for Best Picture

Best Coming of age movie.
Best Ensemble of 2016.

“Moonlight” reminds us that the pursuit of truth and beauty in art . . . will always have an inescapable and intrinsically political dimension.

Moonlight – There were lots of technical things I did not like about this film, but it told a wonderful story and told it very well.   The acting is superb.  Man, did I hate the camera work.

This story may seem particular to one community, but it is ultimately much more a tale of self-discovery, and universal in its pure and truthful humanity.

An intimate and haunting drama.

Although Barry Jenkins’ film is indeed about the struggles and difficulties of a person embracing his culturally reviled sexuality, the story is universal in scope and intent.
The indie drama touches on themes of race, sexuality and isolation in ways that are rarely depicted in cinema.

Although Barry Jenkins’ film is indeed about the struggles and difficulties of a person embracing his culturally reviled sexuality, the story is universal in scope and intent.

The indie drama touches on themes of race, sexuality and isolation in ways that are rarely depicted in cinema.

Moonlight is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.

Basking in this “Moonlight” is one of the cinematic joys of the year.

“Moonlight” is a film of rare grace – a tender, compassionate, restrained look at a life lived in the shadows.

The complete shut-out for Moonlight  at BAFTAs – a film whose tender brilliance you would think would cross borders – is genuinely baffling.

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