As she took the Spirit Awards stage to present an acting ensemble prize to “Moonlight,” “Scandal” star Kerry Washington was struck by a moment of spontaneous emotion.
“Oh dear Lord, I love this movie,” she said.
She wasn’t alone.
Barry Jenkins’ tale of a young gay boy coming of age won six awards, including the top prizes of feature and director, as “Moonlight” captivated the Spirit Awards on Saturday, much as it has critics and moviegoers throughout the awards season.
A warmth emanated from both the audience (multiple standing ovations) and the stage (a trading off of acceptance speeches among many of its principals) as “Moonlight” racked...