The story of "Moonlight" began long before director Barry Jenkins' involvement propelled the film to eight Academy Award nominations. In fact, it began in 2003 while then budding-playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney was applying to grad school.
As part of his application to Yale's School of Drama, he wrote the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.” But unlike the film it would eventually become, it played out in a circular motion with life happening for the youngest, middle and oldest versions of the character all at once. (Imagine a kid waking up and brushing his teeth, followed by his adolescent self and adult self doing the same actions.)
“I was trying to figure out what little me and middle me and grown me were doing that was the same and not the same,” McCraney said about the play’s structure and inspiration. “What patterns I was repeating, what is this life?”
Barry Jenkins’ script for “Moonlight” won for adapted screenplay. The movie about the coming-of-age of a gay black boy in a drug-infested Miami neighborhood was based on a stage play by Tarell Alvin McCraney.
Justin Timberlake is cool with Ryan Gosling. He's just not necessarily cool with always being linked to Ryan Gosling.
"Do you talk to people from high school?" he said, with a slightly jokey feistiness when chatted up at the Oscars bar.
JT and the jazzsplainer have been associated with each other ever since their days singing and dancing alongside buddies like future stars Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in "The All New Mickey Mouse Club."
Plenty of people expected Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" to sweep the Academy Awards like it did the Golden Globes. After all, it's nominated in a whopping 14 categories.
But to the great glee of many Twitter users, by the second hour of the show "La La Land" had lost in some of the secondary categories to films like "Hacksaw Ridge" (for film editing) and "Hacksaw Ridge" (sound mixing).
La La Land should have campaigned more in Wisconsin
Jimmy Kimmel gave POTUS a shout-out live from the Oscars audience on Sunday night. Hey, Sean Spicer said a few days ago that President Trump would be busy with the nation's governors during the show, but maybe he'd check Twitter?
The film, which focuses on the rescue efforts of Syrian Civil Defense volunteers, won the Oscar for documentary short. Director Orlando von Einsiedel, who accepted the trophy with producer Joanna Natasegara, read the following statement from Khateeb:
We're so grateful this film has highlighted our work to the world. Our organization is guided by a verse in the Koran, 'To save one life is to save all of humanity.' We have saved more than 82,000 Syrian lives. I'll invite anyone here who hears me to work on the side of life to stop the bloodshed in Syria and around the world.
“City of Stars,” a duet between stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone from the musical “La La Land,” won the original song Oscar. The song’s music was written by Justin Hurwitz with lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Pasek and Paul were tapped to write the lyrics for the songs in “La La Land” after pitching the opening lyrics to “City of Stars”: “City of Stars, are you shining just for me? / City of Stars, there’s so much that I can’t see.”
The win denied Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the landmark Broadway musical “Hamilton” and writer of “How Far I’ll Go,” entry into the exclusive EGOT club: winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.