Moonlight is doing relatively nicely for the time being.
The movie has been been a field workplace success, a darling of the critics and a complete awards magnet.
On Sunday, it received one of many high prizes on the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards, leaving author and director Barry Jenkins questioning whether or not it is time to order a much bigger trophy cupboard.
“This implies the world to me,” Jenkins mentioned as he took to the stage to simply accept the award for finest authentic screenplay.
“I am unable to say writing will get you on this stage however it’ll carry you near the world.”
Moonlight has turn out to be such a favorite amongst critics and award judges that some have quietly questioned whether or not it might trigger an enormous upset on the Oscars.
You are most likely sick to the again tooth of all people banging on about La La Land and the way a lot of a dead-cert it’s for finest image.
It could nicely nonetheless sweep the board, however Moonlight – a movie a few black homosexual man rising up in poverty in Miami – is second favorite amongst most pundits and bookies.
In keeping with Box Office Mojo, the movie has to this point taken greater than $21m (£16.9m) within the US alone (UK figures for its opening weekend will observe later this week).
Its success is much more notable for the truth that the film has no main stars in its main roles.
Mahershala Ali has turn out to be one thing of a breakout star – and will probably be the primary Muslim to win an performing Oscar.
May Moonlight win finest image?
The case for:
- The critics find it irresistible
- It is already received a truckload of awards
- It has been profitable on the field workplace regardless of having no main stars
The case towards:
- La La Land
Maybe extra necessary than Moonlight’s field workplace efficiency is the large quantity of vital reward which has been heaped on it.
The movie was launched within the UK over the weekend and nearly each critic was falling over themselves to declare it a masterpiece.
Effectively, almost all critics. It is truthful to say Camilla Lengthy of The Sunday Times did not take to it in fairly the identical manner.
However, broadly talking, reviewers appreciated it. And even Lengthy gave it three stars, which could possibly be lots worse.
Even when the movie does not win finest image on the Oscars, it is nonetheless received an honest likelihood at going residence with a few prizes.
Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali are nominated within the supporting actor and actress classes.
The movie can be up for finest tailored screenplay – it was based mostly on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.
Then there are its nominations for finest director, finest cinematography, finest authentic rating and finest movie enhancing.
The Academy Awards happen this Sunday, 26 February.