The critically-acclaimed new gay drama “Moonlight” has won a Golden Globe Award in the Best Motion Picture – Drama category.
Director Barry Jenkins’s coming-of-age drama is based on Tarell McCraney’s semi-autobiographical play and follows Chiron, a young man in Miami who’s struggling with his sexuality and his drug-addicted mother.
The character is played by three different actors at three differnet stages of his life, with Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali in supporting roles.
“Moonlight” has scored rave reviews from critics, and was also nominated for five other gongs at this year’s Golden Globes including Best Director and Best Screenplay. The American Film Institute named the film in early December as one of the ten best of 2016.
US LGBTI publication The Advocate recently wrote about the film: “Black gay men rarely get this kind of screen portrayal — the kind that shows them with haunting and joyful complexity.
“In a time when so many of the topics addressed by the film — poverty, the school-to-prison pipeline, homophobia, and school bullying — remain real issues in vulnerable communities and in America, it is indeed a privilege to have a film like Moonlight. Perhaps its magic will inspire real-life change.”
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 9, 2017
Gay stories deserve to be told.
Great movies deserve to be awarded.
…now onto the Oscars we go!
— Eric Ulloa (@EUlloa03) January 9, 2017
Surely, Moonlight has to be the first film with a black gay lead character to win a #GoldenGlobe for best film. That's history.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 9, 2017
So many truths in the #MoonlightMovie for African American gay men. This story is important!!!
— Sterling Archer (@fullofzion) December 7, 2016
— Roy Steele (@thespiansfo) January 9, 2017
Moonlight will be released in Australian cinemas on January 26. Watch the trailer below: