nigel’s review published on Letterboxd:
I decided to watch Moonlight again before the Oscars today and I cried a little bit harder this time because I know it's most likely not going to win Best Picture and lose to La La Land.
I've been accused before of being anti-La La Land. I’m not anti-La La Land at all. I have nothing against it, it’s a cute movie and all. I just feel like movies like Moonlight are more deserving of all of the awards that La La Land has been sweeping up this awards season.
The reason why I want Moonlight to win so bad is because of its story. To have a movie about an African-American boy struggling with his sexuality while growing up is something I thought would never happen. It’s touching and relatable because it’s something that I went through growing up and to see someone that looks like me going through what I went through during my whole childhood really strikes a chord with me. Growing up African-American and gay is difficult because the stigma of showing yourself as weak or feminine is something still looked down upon in the African-American community if you’re a boy. You have to act as masculine as you can to prove yourselves to others or else you would get teased or picked on. Barry Jenkins telling of Chiron’s story through Moonlight paints a story of millions of African American males childhoods. Not only African American males but also other males of color as well. And the acting that goes along with the story by Mahershala Ali (I can't wait for him to win his Oscar), Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae and all of the Chirons (Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes) are out of this world.
When you compare that to a musical about a white woman wanting to be an actress and a white man wanting to save jazz, a genre deeply rooted in African-American culture and from slavery…she just doesn’t have the range compared to Moonlight.