The 2017 Oscars ‘Best Picture’ announcement is the stuff of stuff-up legend now, with La La Land holding the shiny statuette for about three minutes before its real recipient, Moonlight, was announced.
In all the confusion – and possibly due to shock – Moonlight director Barry Jenkins didn’t have the opportunity to read his Oscars acceptance speech (come on, everybody has one just in case). It may be more than a year later, but the man has finally had his chance at SXSW.
With thanks to Deadline, here it is…
“Tarell and I are Chiron. We are that boy. And when you watch Moonlight, you don’t assume a boy who grew up how and where we did would grow up and make a piece of art that wins an Academy Award — certainly don’t think he would grow up to win ‘Best Picture’. I’ve said that a lot and what I’ve had to admit is that I placed those limitations on myself. I denied myself that dream — not you, not anyone else — me. And so, to anyone watching this who sees themselves in us, let this be a symbol, a reflection that leads you to love yourself. Because doing so may be the difference between dreaming at all and somehow, through the Academy’s grace, realising dreams you never allowed yourself to have.”