They haven’t appeared together since the Academy Awards that brought them the Best Picture Oscar. So it seemed only fitting that “Moonlight” filmmaker Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney return home to Liberty City to celebrate and encourage others to pursue their potential.
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"Moonlight" - not, as it turned out, "La La Land" - won best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset and an unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner swapped for another while the "La La Land" producers were in mid-speech. "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins called it "an imperfect way for us to get the perfect result."
The crowd watching the Oscars at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center reacted with disappointment, then confusion, then elation as "Moonlight" was named Best Picture Winner after a huge Academy Awards mix-up.
Flossie Williams says she's known "Moonlight" writer Tarell Alvin McCraney ("My baby!") since he and her daughter started at New World School of the Arts together. She's also a regular at Jimmy's Eastside Diner, a favorite place of the movie's director, Barry Jenkins.