‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins has issued a new acceptance speech for his ‘Best Picture’ victory at last weeks Oscars ceremony. Jenkins had originally intended to give the speech at the event but was thrown off following the confusion caused by the now infamous ‘La La Land’ mix up.
The 2017 Oscars gave us one of the most bizarre moments in television history when actors Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway announced that the wrong movie had won the ‘Best Picture’ prize. ‘La La Land’ cast and crew members were forced to cut short their acceptance speeches when it was revealed that ‘Moonlight’ was the actual winner of the prestigious award.
Due to the confusion caused by the blunder; director Barry Jenkins was forced to give an impromptu speech in which he was visibly shaken by the nights events. He has now revealed what he had actually intended to say in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Jenkins stated: “Tarell Alvin McCraney and I are this kid. We are Chiron. And you don’t think that kid grows up to be nominated for eight Academy Awards. It’s not a dream he’s allowed to have. I still feel that way. I didn’t think this was possible. But now I look at other people looking at me and if I didn’t think it was possible, how are they going to? But now it’s happened. So what I think of possibility, let’s take it off the table. The thing has happened.”
When asked how he reacted to being named the actual winner, Jenkins explained: “If I took myself out of my body and I looked at what happened, I would be inspired. I think for a long time certain narratives, certain people just weren’t considered and for the Academy to make this considerable gesture, to see through all those barriers or perceived barriers and just see the film, that’s something.”
He added: “It will be remembered and I think in a beautiful way, I know one thing. I’m never going to forget Jordan Horowitz. I just won’t.”