Oscars 2017: Nominees for Best Picture

Moonlight

Moonlight was directed by Barry Jenkins, and is based on the play Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Jenkins and McCraney worked together on the script for the movie, which was filmed in Miami in 2015 and premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2016. Moonlight was distributed by A24, and grossed $23 million worldwide. It's budget was approximately $5 million. At the 2017 Golden Globes, Moonlight won the award for Best Drama Motion Picture. When he went up to accept the award, director Barry Jenkins said, "As someone who went eight years without making a piece, I gotta give love to these people right here," thanking Plan B and A24. Jenkins added on, "...no one could have anticipated that we would be sitting on the president-elect that we have coming into office in 12 days. However, we all made these films because we felt something was lacking in the soil at the root, these stories that haven’t been told, and I don’t know if it was that these two things were coming together at the same time, but we’re here now, and we have to give people things not to escape to — there’s room for escapism — but things that they can run to, that can reaffirm.” Click through our gallery to learn about the other films that have been nominated for Best Picture at this year's Oscars. (A24)

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