For those of you that don’t know, about what happened at the Oscars. Moonlight won Best Picture. I don’t want to talk about the Oscars pulling “a Steve Harvey.” I want to talk about what this win means. Moonlight did not just win Best Picture. It won for everyone.
The Moonlight win, was one for art; and those who create it. It is going to inspire a whole wave of filmmakers that feel silenced by Hollywood from making art. I’m not trying to bash on La La Land. It is a great film in its own right. Moonlight meant so much more though, it was the literal definition of what film-making is. It was made so honestly, so subtlety. It showed us, rather than told us.
Being a filmmaker myself, I cannot express the fire this lights in my creative soul. To see a film come from nowhere. Made under the radar, independently. This win makes me want to go out and make film even more now. The win just like the film, said so much without saying anything at all.
I have had my pessimistic view on the Academy for a while. However to see a piece of art win, against a film that was expected to win before it was even released, it gives me hope. Hope that art in film has a voice. It will slowly become more prominent in the western mainstream film world.
La La Land claimed to be a film for dreamers (with its log line). While that may be the message, Moonlight most certainly is more deserving of that title. Barry Jenkins is a dreamer; he is the embodiment of every filmmaker in film school. That wants to do something great or make something great on their own. Moonlight winning is monumental for the future of film. We just had a year where we thought the little man might win for once. To finally see this happen though is so refreshing.
I refuse to even acknowledge the “Oscar so white” having anything to do with the win. Moonlight didn’t win out of pity or fear of the Academy being racist. It won because it is the most important film of the year. It might even go down as the most important films of the decade. On top of that it was amazing and poetic. Race aside from everything, everyone can relate to this film. It is emotional (personally I’ve seen the film three times). I’m comfortable enough to admit I’ve cried all three times I’ve watched it.
I’ll keep this short and just end it with saying. The win for Moonlight was a win for filmmakers, artists, and dreamers. Mark my words: this will shape the future of film-making. I know that this is all just an awards show. However the impact this will bring is so grand to even begin to describe. We don’t realize how lucky we are, to be given a film such as Moonlight. If you haven’t seen it, go see it. Then tell everyone you know to see it as well.