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Why the ‘Moonlight’ Oscar Upset Was Even Wilder If You Were in the Room

17 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Three days before the craziest surprise ending in Oscar history, “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins was hanging out at a party in West Hollywood and musing on the days ahead. “So,” he said, putting his arms around a colleague and me, “What are my odds?”

We exchanged the usual possibilities — “Moonlight” had a real shot in the Adapted Screenplay category, even if “La La Land” was the presumed Best Picture frontrunner — and I asked him how he was handling the tail-end of a campaign that runs even the toughest promoters into the ground. “You know,” he said, “you kind of run out of material after a while.”

However, by the end of an otherwise predictable ceremony Sunday night, “Moonlight” delivered new material for the ages. As the universe now knows, the evening concluded with Faye Dunaway reading the title of the wrong movie, leading to a bracing moment of unscripted television »

- Eric Kohn

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Barry Jenkins Wins Independent Spirit Best Director Award For ‘Moonlight’

26 February 2017 | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In a small sign that some things are still right in the world, Barry Jenkins took home the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

It was the fifth award of the night for “Moonlight,” which also won for editing, cinematography, screenplay and the Robert Altman Award that recognizes an ensemble cast, director and casting director of a film.

Sporting a sharp Hawaiian button up befitting of the Miami native, Jenkins called out fellow directors Andrea Arnold and Kenneth Lonergan (whom he apparently calls “Uncle Kenny”), for making work that inspires him. Thanking his cast and crew, Jenkins concluded by saying: “This thing it has my name about it, but it’s absolutely about all y’all. Much love.” Also nominated were Pablo Larrain for “Jackie,” Jeff Nichols for “Loving,” and Kelly Reichardt for “Certain Women,” in addition to Arnold.

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- Jude Dry

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“Moonlight” Wins the Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay

25 February 2017 3:25 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Moonlight” screenwriters Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Read More: IndieWire’s Final Oscar 2017 Predictions: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Nine of Its 14 Nominations

Director-writer Barry Jenkins dedicated the award to producer Adele Romanski, who told Jenkins that after taking years to follow up his first feature (“Medicine for Melancholy”) he needed to “get the fuck off the couch, get out of the country and write.”

McCraney quoted scripture in his acceptance speech, referencing the “diverse temptations” that he and Jenkins experienced growing up in the Liberty City section of Miami.  He thanked Jenkins “for looking at that life and thinking that was a story worth telling and sharing.”

Also nominated were Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea,” Mike Mills for “20th Century Women,”  Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias for “Little Men,” and Taylor Sheridan for “Hell or High Water. »

- Chris O'Falt

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“I Was at a Point in My Life When I Needed to Take a Risk”: Barry Jenkins on his Debut Feature, Medicine for Melancholy

24 February 2017 3:43 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Nominated for Best Director and Best Picture for his beautiful and incisive Moonlight, Barry Jenkins has long appeared in the pages of Filmmaker. He was a 25 New Face in 2008 and then, just months later, graced our Winter, 2009 cover for his debut feature, Medicine for Melancholy. Online for the first time, here is my interview with Jenkins about the film, an interview that’s a great read and a fascinating look back at the career beginnings of one of our best directors. — Sm Usually lacking the budget to build elaborate sets, independent films have most often been shot […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Almost Didn’t Become a Filmmaker, But Now He’s an Oscar Heavyweight: Awards Spotlight

20 February 2017 3:38 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A year ago, Barry Jenkins was still a secret of the indie film world, having directed a well-liked but little-seen movie in 2008 (“Medicine for Melancholy”). He kept busy with shorts, commercial work, and various unfinished projects — but it wasn’t until “Moonlight” surfaced in the fall of 2016 that Jenkins’ career jumped to a whole new level.

The beloved drama about an alienated African-American boy in Miami, which takes place across three time periods, emerged as an unlikely hit just as awards season took flight. To date, it has grossed over $21 million in the U.S. The momentum continued with eight Academy Award nominations, including two for Jenkins in the directing and adapted screenplay categories. He also picked up writing and directing prizes from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, the WGA, and others.

No matter what happens at the ceremony, Jenkins’ success is a startling accomplishment. »

- Eric Kohn

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Barry Jenkins (‘Moonlight’)

19 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Barry Jenkins (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“I have this fundamental block — maybe I’ll always have it, maybe I’ll get past it — but I am essentially Chiron, I grew up like this kid and there are just certain ceilings that I never can imagine myself breaking through,” says Barry Jenkins, the writer and director of Moonlight, as we sit down in his downtown Los Angeles apartment to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “When they happen,” the 37-year-old continues, “they genuinely are an extreme surprise. And for whatever reason, I can’t get through this block that Chiron does not grow up and make a film that gets eight Academy Award nominations.” He then pauses, smiles and quietly adds, “But I guess he does.”

Jenkins, for his work on the acclaimed drama about a young man growing up black »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Moonlight review – a five-star symphony of love

19 February 2017 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Barry Jenkins’s Oscar-nominated coming-of-age film is a heartbreaking, uplifting, minor-key masterpiece

“Who is you?” This question echoes throughout Moonlight, the breathtaking second feature from Medicine for Melancholy director Barry Jenkins. A coming-of-age story about a young man from a hardscrabble Miami neighbourhood, this kaleidoscopic gem focuses on three periods of its subject’s life, chaptered by the different names and identities he assumes, or is given – “Little”, “Chiron” and “Black”. Lending heartfelt voice to characters who have previously been silenced or sidelined, Moonlight is an astonishingly accomplished work – rich, sensuous and tactile, by turns heartbreaking and uplifting. The first time I saw it I swooned; the second time I cried like a baby. I can’t wait to see it again.

Inspired by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s postgraduate theatre project “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”, Jenkins’s film opens with a scrawny kid nicknamed “Little” (Alex Hibbert »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Brad Pitt Leveraged His Name and Shingle for ‘Moonlight’

16 February 2017 9:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Of the nine films nominated for best picture, fully one-third would not exist were it not for an A-list movie star leveraging personal clout to get the movie made in a system that simply doesn’t take those kinds of risks these days.

Fences” is by far the most conventional example: Paramount had acquired the rights to August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play in 1987 for Eddie Murphy to star, though it took three decades — and Denzel Washington’s involvement — to get it made.

Matt Damon willed “Manchester by the Sea” into existence. The project originated when Damon commissioned a script from playwright Kenneth Lonergan (coming off a trying experience on “Margaret,” in which Damon played a small role). Though he had originally entertained the idea of starring in “Manchester” himself, Damon ultimately decided to give the lead role to longtime amigo Ben Affleck’s kid brother, Casey.

But of the three projects, »

- Peter Debruge

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Exclusive Interview: Director Barry Jenkins on Moonlight

14 February 2017 2:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Freda Cooper talks to director Barry Jenkins about the Oscar-nominated Moonlight

A portrait of African American life and a meditation on family, friendship and identity, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man as he grows up in a rough part of Miami.  For its director, Barry Jenkins, it was also a personal project, as he grew up in the very same part of the city where the story is set.

He spoke exclusively to Freda Cooper just days after the film received a total of eight Oscar nominations.

Let’s go back to the beginning.  This is based on a play, which I believe has never been produced?

It’s never been produced and I don’t think it’s producible in the form that it was in.  I’d describe it as being somewhere half way between the stage and the screen, and I stand by that. »

- Freda Cooper

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‘Moonlight’ Has 8 Oscar Nominations, But An Adapted Screenplay Win Is Almost Guaranteed

13 February 2017 7:06 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Don’t abandon hope, “Moonlight” lovers.

On Sunday, the BAFTAs shut out “Moonlight,” which had four nominations. Among them, writer-director Barry Jenkins competed in the Original Screenplay category against eventual BAFTA winner Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester By the Sea”). These two also compete at the Writers Guild. On Oscar night February 26th, when “Moonlight” has eight chances to win, it should take home at least one Oscar in another category, Best Adapted Screenplay.

The BAFTA for Adapted Screenplay went to Australian writer Luke Davies for “Lion.” But at Saturday’s USC Scripter Awards, which have accurately predicted the adapted category for the last six years, “Moonlight” beat “Lion.” On Oscar night, “Moonlight” should do that again.

Here’s how the Adapted Screenplay Oscar race shakes out.

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”)

The Academy moved two scripts, “Moonlight” and “Loving,” from Original to Adapted. Technically, the play Jenkins adapted with McCraney, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Moonlight’ Has 8 Oscar Nominations, But An Adapted Screenplay Win Is Almost Guaranteed

13 February 2017 7:06 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Don’t abandon hope, “Moonlight” lovers.

On Sunday, the BAFTAs shut out “Moonlight,” which had four nominations. Among them, writer-director Barry Jenkins competed in the Original Screenplay category against eventual BAFTA winner Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester By the Sea”). These two also compete at the Writers Guild. On Oscar night February 26th, when “Moonlight” has eight chances to win, it should take home at least one Oscar in another category, Best Adapted Screenplay.

The BAFTA for Adapted Screenplay went to Australian writer Luke Davies for “Lion.” But at Saturday’s USC Scripter Awards, which have accurately predicted the adapted category for the last six years, “Moonlight” beat “Lion.” On Oscar night, “Moonlight” should do that again.

Here’s how the Adapted Screenplay Oscar race shakes out.

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”)

The Academy moved two scripts, “Moonlight” and “Loving,” from Original to Adapted. Technically, the play Jenkins adapted with McCraney, »

- Anne Thompson

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The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Director race

9 February 2017 6:45 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Director raceThe 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Director raceAdriana Floridia2/9/2017 9:45:00 Am

The Best Director race is very diverse and exciting this year.

It's also very close. With La La Land's Damien Chazelle and Moonlight's Barry Jenkins up against each other, it could easily go either way. At this rate it looks like a neck and neck race between these two contenders, as both films are the favourite to win the Best Picture Oscar. The other three men in the category, Manchester by the Sea's Kenneth Lonergan, Arrival's Denis Villeneuve and Hacksaw Ridge's Mel Gibson are all worthy contenders as well. It's also rather impressive that four out five of these directors are first time nominees. 

We're breaking down the Best Director race below!

Damien ChazelleLa La Land »

- Adriana Floridia

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Directing Nominees Confess Biggest Hurdles, On-Set MVPs

7 February 2017 9:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With five such different cinematic visions represented, what do this year’s Oscar nominees for director have in common?

It depends on whom you ask. Kenneth Lonergan, nominated writer-director of “Manchester by the Sea,” links the final five this way: They each “focus on deep connective tissue on a human level, even though they are all very different stylistically and in subject matter,” he tells Variety.

Mel Gibson, director of “Hacksaw Ridge,” invokes the process itself. “What do we have in common?” he asks. “At some point, somebody asked each of us a thousand questions a day and we had to make snap decisions.”

Each shares a fierce inventiveness, necessitated by the time and budget constraints each faced mounting their creatively ambitious projects.

“These movies couldn’t be more different,” points out “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins. “The movies I like best are the ones where you can feel the curiosity »

- Marshall Fine

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Oscar Nominated ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Just Can’t Stop Taking Movies From The Criterion Collection

2 February 2017 7:22 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

I’m not sure how anyone shows restraint when The Criterion Collection lets them into their closet and allows them to take what they want, but Oscar nominated “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins certainly tries.

The filmmaker is the latest to be allowed to take what he can carry out of the offices of the boutique label, and as always, it’s fascinating to see his choices. Jenkins reveals that the first Criterion movie he ever bought was Lynne Ramsay‘s “Ratcatcher,” and he reveals how David Gordon Green‘s “George Washington” inspired a scene in his own “Medicine For Melancholy.” But just as Jenkins says “I’m done,” he can’t resist grabbing a few more movies, just as we all would.

Continue reading Oscar Nominated ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Just Can’t Stop Taking Movies From The Criterion Collection at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Released Today in Film History, Barry Jenkins’ ‘Medicine for Melancholy’ Finds Meaning in a Post–Barack Obama Era

30 January 2017 7:11 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Today in film history, January 30, 2009, Barry Jenkins’ feature film debut “Medicine for Melancholy” opened in USA theaters in a limited release. When I saw Barry Jenkins’s first feature film, “Medicine for Melancholy,” in 2010, it existed in my… Continue Reading → »

- Amirah Mercer

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‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Among Judges For YouTube, Elton John’s Contest

10 January 2017 11:22 AM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Last month, YouTube announced “The Cut,” a contest that asks its participants to create music videos for three of Elton John’s most famous songs: “Bennie and the Jets,” “Rocket Man,” and “Tiny Dancer.” Now, with the submission deadline 13 days away, the world’s top video site has revealed the judges who will choose the winner. They are DreamWorks Animation co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, music video director Melina Matsoukas, and Barry Jenkins, the man behind the Golden Globe-winning film Moonlight.

All three judges have notable digital media experience. Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation has made a splash on YouTube with channels like DreamWorksTV, the Matsoukas-directed video for Beyonce’s “Formation” became a viral hit upon its release, and Jenkins, in a press release, noted he used the “Diy tools of digital cinema” to make his first movie, Medicine for Melancholy. “I love how the democratization of the filmmaking process and platforms like »

- Sam Gutelle

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‘Moonlight’ Dp James Laxton On The Emotional Effect Of CinemaScope And Capturing The Visual Poetry Of The Face

10 January 2017 9:34 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Working with director Barry Jenkins over more than a decade since they first met, as Florida State University students, cinematographer James Laxton has attracted due notice this season for his work in Jenkins’ Moonlight, the director’s first feature since 2008’s Medicine for Melancholy. As with editor Nat Sanders, Laxton’s continued work with Jenkins is demonstrative of the director’s proclivity for keeping his collaborators close, resulting in a trust and kinship unique… »

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BAFTA Nominations: A Good Day for Ken Loach and ‘La La Land,’ Less So for Diversity

10 January 2017 2:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There was a time, way back in the mists of the 20th century, when you wouldn’t have looked to the BAFTAs to confirm any predictions you had about the upcoming Academy Awards — not least because they took place comfortably after the Oscars, happily marching to their own beat not just in terms of scheduling, but voting too. Those were days when “Jean de Florette” and “The Commitments” won Best Picture, while Wim Wenders could sneak in a Best Director win for “Paris, Texas.”

They’re also very much over: Since 2001, when BAFTA jumped back to precede the Academy’s shindig, they’ve embraced their Oscar precursor status, gravitating almost exclusively around films and artists with awards buzz echoing from across the Atlantic, and giving mostly short shrift to Britain’s own independent cinema.

This morning’s BAFTA nominations see them largely stick to that system, albeit with some key »

- Guy Lodge

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10 Directors to Watch: Barry Jenkins Illuminates the Black Experience With ‘Moonlight’

3 January 2017 9:48 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Serious cineastes started to watch Jenkins as far back as 2008, when the Florida State U. grad made a black-and-white feature called “Medicine for Melancholy” on a budget of about $15,000. That bittersweet debut premiered at SXSW, landing him an agent at CAA and a deal with Focus Features. But it wasn’t until Jenkins resurfaced eight years later with “Moonlight” that the rest of the world suddenly took note of his talent.

After the frustration of working on a couple movies that never got made, Jenkins — who got by doing shorts and branded content in the interim — decided to scale back and tackle a more personal project, adapting an unproduced play by fellow Miami native Tarell Alvin McCraney. “We grew up in the same neighborhood and went to some of the same schools,” says Jenkins, whose “eureka moment” was inspired by the Hou Hsiao-Hsien film “Three Times,” deciding to divide »

- Peter Debruge

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