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  • 2016
  • R
  • 110min
  • 98%
  • 7.4 / 10

Exploring what it means to be a male within African-American culture in post-Obama America, Moonlight follows a man through his childhood, adolescence, and then through adulthood. As he copes with his sexuality and issues of identity, he struggles to survive through the physical and emotional abuse he suffers at the hands of not just the world but also from those closest to him. Moonlight doesn't shy away from looking at drug use, bullying, and toxic masculinity. Additional themes include father and mother figures, survival, and love.

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Jay-Z was a fan of the movie, such that he titled a track on his 4:44 album 'Moonlight.” While the track is mostly filled with the typical boasts and taunts of Jay-Z's style of music, he's also stated that it's a commentary on black culture and where it's going. Jay-Z has additionally indicated that the title refers to the Oscars' Best Picture mix-up when Warren Beatty was given the leftover envelope announcing Emma Stone's Best Actress win for La La Land, instead of the proper envelope for Moonlight's Best Picture win.


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Moonlight is an American coming-of-age drama film from 2016 film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, known for his work on Medicine for Melancholy (2008), and based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished and somewhat autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It features an all-black cast with Trevante Rhodes as Chiron Harris in the lead role. He is joined by André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharal Jerome, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali. Moonlight won the Best Motion Picture in the drama category at the 74th Golden Globe Awards and had nominations in 5 additional categories. It's the second-lowest-grossing film (accounting only for domestic ticket sales) to win an Oscar for Best Picture. Moonlight was released October 21, 2016, and grossed over $65 million globally.