African-American coming-of-age tale ‘Moonlight’ won the Oscar for best picture on a big night for Hollywood diversity.
‘Moonlight’ is about a young boy struggling with poverty and his sexuality in Miami, in three acts from childhood to teen years to adulthood. Over this time, Chiron struggles with his own sexual identity, the concept of masculinity, and his feelings for his friend Kevin, all set against a challenging home life and bullying at school.
It also brought a supporting actor Oscar for first timer Mahershala Ali for his portrayal of Juan. This makes him the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar.
Producer Adele Romanski said she hoped the movie would inspire “little black boys and brown girls and other folks watching at home who feel marginalized.”
Director Barry Jenkins, upon accepting the award said: “Very clearly, even in my dreams, this could not be true.
“But to hell with dreams, I’m done with it – ’cause this is true. Oh my goodness.”
Viola Davis won for her supporting role as a long suffering housewife in African-American family drama ‘Fences’.
The recognition for the actors and their films made a stark contrast to the 2016 Academy Awards when no actors of colour were even nominated.