So you may have heard about that whole snafu at the Oscars this past Sunday where the wrong winner for Best Picture was announced but honestly who cares because Moonlight won Best Picture! Moonlight! The film was shot on location in Liberty City and was written by two men who call the 305 their hometown. The groundbreaking coming of age story of a young black gay man trying to find his place in the world was nominated for eight awards. It took him three including the top prize as well as one for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. The film’s win was a huge step forward for the Oscars. After the #OscarsSoWhite controversy last year, this film made history as being the first film featuring an all-black cast and the first LGBTQ film to win the top honor.
The film beautifully captures Miami from the Metromover to its beaches, it hits close to home. A pivotal scene takes place in Jimmy’s East-Side Diner. Since the film’s release there’s been an uptick in patrons. Its staff and regulars have enjoyed the attention and when a friend of mine visited the spot the day after the Oscars the waitress told her, “Did you hear? We won!” After the film, you’ll find yourself wanting a pollo a la plancha as well but I won’t spoil why. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find the dish on their menu so Pinterest or your Abuela’s recipe will have to do.
Riding the wave of this historic win, Moonlight will return to over 1,000 screens across the nation this weekend. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney who wrote the play Moonlight is based on and also won the Oscar for writing the adapted screenplay is coming back to Miami Friday to introduce a special screening in Wynwood. The special screening takes place at O Cinema. If you can’t make it out to the theater but still want to watch the film, it’s available on digital HD and on blu-ray and dvd but honestly, it’s visual are so gorgeous it’s worth it to see it on the biggest screen you can find.
I don’t know if you know this but there were other films nominated for Best Picture. The musical La La Land racked up 14 nominations with Titanic and All About Eve as the most nominated film. It walked away with 6. La La Land is a musical for people who don’t like musicals. With an irresistible soundtrack and a story that’s deeply affecting, this is a film that will surprise you. It’s about the relationship between a struggling actress and a jazz musician who are trying to reach their dreams. Will their love survive?
March is Women’s History Month and Hidden Figures is a great way to celebrate. It’s the story of a team of African American mathematicians at NASA who play crucial roles for Project Mercury and other missions. The crowd pleasing film has dominated the box office surpassing La La Land domestically in returns. That’s huge news for a film led by women of color. In addition to Best Picture, it was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer. It shines a much needed light on this piece of history that hasn’t been told before and will leave you feeling uplifted.
Oscar season felt longer than normal this year but it was a welcomed distraction from the heavy political talk. I, for one, am happy to put it behind me and look forward to the next crop of films that will dominate the 2018 awards.