MOONLIGHT is finally writing history we have been waiting for

Let's not forget how important the wins and nominations for Moonlight really are, aside from just being well deserved. #Moonlightmovie #historyinthemaking #finally #imwithmoonlight

Oscar mistake overshadows historic moment for 'Moonlight'

By Lisa Respers France, via CNN 

It was lost in the confusion of the Oscar envelope snafu, but "Moonlight" made history.

The coming-of-age drama about a gay black man growing up in Miami became the first film with an all-black cast to win the Academy Award for best picture.

The movie, whose cast includes best supporting actor winner Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes and Janelle Monáe, has been a critical darling during awards season.

    With the win, it shattered a glass ceiling for black films.

    "Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true," director Barry Jenkins said in amazement when it was announced that "Moonlight," not "La La Land," had won. "But to hell with dreams, I'm done with it, 'cause this is true. Oh my goodness."

    In 2014, "12 Years a Slave" won best picture, but its cast was not all black.

    Both "Moonlight" and "12 Years" were produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B company.

    "Moonlight" made Oscar history in other ways.

    Ali, who played a sympathetic drug dealer who mentors a bullied young man, is the first Muslim actor to win best supporting actor.

    Jenkins became the first African American to score nominations for best director, best picture and best adapted screenplay in the same year. The film's co-editor, Joi McMillon, became the first African American to earn a nomination for achievement in film editing.

    The "Moonlight" win came in a year in which the Academy has been hailed for more diversity.

    White actors had especially dominated the major acting categories for two years, giving rise to the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag. This year, seven of the 20 nominees were people of color.

    Viola Davis, who won best supporting actress, became only the second black woman to win an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony for acting. Whoopi Goldberg is the other, and the only black actor to have a so-called EGOT -- an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar.

    April Reign, who created the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, tweeted Sunday night about the importance of the evening.

    "Viola, Mahershala, and the wins for Moonlight happened because they were DESERVED," she wrote. "Not because of #OscarsSoWhite. I want that very clear."

    April  @ReignOfApril

    Y'all have been in my Mentions showing love all night and I haven't seen it because I was on OKP's account. I thank you. I'm humbled.

    April @ReignOfApril

    Viola, Mahershala, and the wins for Moonlight happened because they were DESERVED. Not because of #OscarsSoWhite. I want that very clear.

    Earlier in the evening, Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the play that became "Moonlight" and co-wrote the screenplay, won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay. The pair paid homage to the disenfranchised in their acceptance speech for that award.

    Jenkins said: "All you people out there who feel like there's no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back and for the next four years we will not leave you alone, we will not forget you."

    Watch out! VR takes on the Oscars

    The Oscars are on Sunday and we might be split about how we feel about La La Land talking all the nominations it has received but I know we are all excited. But I am not only excited as a traditional filmmaker this year, I am also excited as a VR content creator since Google's VR short film Pearl is nominated. Yes technically the 2D version is nominated, but it does not take away from bringing VR to even more main stream eyes and showing the world that VR is a medium that can be taken serious as a serious moving image art form. #excitedforthefuture

    Oscar Nomination For ‘Pearl’ Shines Spotlight On VR


    Months after its release, Google’s short film Pearl remains the best of its Spotlight Stories series of 360-degree films. The Oscars seem to agree.

    The nominations for the 2017 edition of Hollywood’s prestigious awards ceremony were announced today. While movies like La La Land are stealing the usual headlines for leading the pack, there’s a small victory for the VR industry in the Animated Short Film category: Pearl has been listed.

    As far as we can tell this is the first time a VR-compatible film has been nominated for an Oscar, though Oculus Story Studio’s Henry did walk away with an Emmy last year. It is important to note, however, that Pearl wasn’t just available as the 360-degree video you can view right now; its creators also made a theatrical version similar to what you might see before a Disney movie. We confirmed with Google this theatrical version, which isn’t available for wide viewing yet, is the one that was nominated. All the same, the nomination brings enormous attention to VR as a medium.

    Pearl was directed by Patrick Osborne, who previously won an Academy Award for his 2014 short film, Feast, that ran before Disney’s Big Hero 6Pearl tells of a father and his relationship with his daughter, documenting their lives through the perspective of a passenger seat of a car they both share. The project includes a beautiful backing track that runs throughout and, if you’re not holding back a few tears by the end of the near six-minute running time, there may be no help for you.

    Another version of the project with support for positional tracking was released for the HTC Vive. The Oscars will be held on February 26th, 2017. The big question now is if VR could be in for its first big Academy Award? We’ll find out next month.