2016: #5 Moonlight

Directed by
: Barry Jenkins
Written by: Barry Jenkins
Based On: The play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Starring: Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali
Distributor: A24
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 111 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 10/21/2016
Date seen: 11/5/2016
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $22.2 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 8 (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 8 (Fight, Editing, Cinematography, Score, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Ensemble, and Adapted Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 3 (Cinematography, Supporting Actress, Ensemble)

Moonlight is almost certainly the most critically acclaimed movie of the year, which makes sense I guess.  If Moonlight didn’t exist I almost feel like the film community would have had to invent it given that it leans into almost everything that modern critics are looking for in a movie.  It looks at characters who lacks privilege, it has a hooky high concept at its center in the form of its chronology, it’s clearly inspired by high-brow… it’s everything that critics have been wanting American independent films to be.  The film should not be viewed cynically however because this really is a strong piece of work.  Every year there’s a movie that I love going into the Golden Stakes process but get a newfound respect for as I realize just how many aspects of filmmaking it excels at.  From script to shooting to editing the movie just does so much right and shows just how much potential Barry Jenkins has going forward and its central character is such an enticing and mysterious figure and you can’t help but look back on the film and wonder what becomes of him.

#6 Year End Honors #4