‘Moonlight’ Up for Best Picture at the 89th Annual Academy Awards

‘Moonlight’ Up for Best Picture at the 89th Annual Academy Awards

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theseattlelesbian_articleAfter the holidays and celebrations are over, we are let down gently with something to look forward to – the Super Bowl. Whether you are a football fan or not, it’s the party we look forward to. The celebration, however, is far from over with the 89th Academy Awards right around the corner airing on February 26th, 2017.

Predictions have begun to roll in, Las Vegas casinos are already giving the odds and early party planning ideas are beginning to dance in every movie lover’s head. The highlights of the evening will be for these top nominees:

  • Best PictureLa La Land, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, and Silence
  • Best Actress – Emma Stone in La La Land, Natalie Portman in Jackie, Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train
  • Best Actor – Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea, Denzel Washington in Fences, Ryan Gosling in La Las Land, Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge, and Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic
  • Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis in Fences, Michelle Williamsin Manchester by the Sea, Naomie Harris in Moonlight, and Nicole Kidman in Lion
  • Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali in Moonlight, Aaron Taylor Johnson in Nocturnal Animals, Michael Shannon in Nocturnal Animals, and Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea
  • Best Director – Damien Chazelle in La La Land, Berry Jenkins in Moonlight, Kenneth Lonergan in Manchester by the Sea, and Denzel Washington in Fences

This year’s top contender for Best Picture is Moonlight, a touching film filled with raw emotion about a black gay man’s life growing up in Miami. Director-writer Barry Jenkins’ drama is a moving tale of coming to age in the 1980s. The storyline begins with a young boy named Chiron whose father is not around and a drug addict mother leaves a future of hardship. Brought up in a poor neighborhood, Chiron small for his size is often ridiculed by the other kids.

Having to deal with being shunned and cruelty was one thing but it becomes even more complex at a time when being gay was not as accepted. The story touches on the loneliness and heartbreak he endures that carries through to his adult life.

What makes this film so incredibly moving is that the viewer doesn’t have to be gay to relate to pain, feeling isolated and the heartache that we all experience at one time or another in our lives.

When the independent film made its debut at the Telluride Film Festival, followed by other special screenings, it was an instant hit and determined it would be in the running for an Oscar.

Jimmy Kimmel has been selected as the 2017 emcee to host the Academy Awards. He currently stars on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, the same network the Awards will be aired. He previously hosted the Emmys, American Music Awards and ESPYS, but this will be by far the largest televised event of they year that he will host. He’ll follow in the footsteps of Chris Rock, Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen DeGeneres. The 89th Academy Awards air on February 26th, 2017.

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