Going into last night’s 89th Academy Awards ceremony there were some extremely powerful films on the docket. And behind those films were some legendary actors, and some new faces well. Perhaps the most notable was the immense amount of African American talent. Talent ranging from Viola Davis to Denzel Washington showed up vying for top honors.
The award of the night for best picture underwent a slight snafu but when the chaos settled Moonlight rose victorious. The tale of a young, gay black man Chiron raised in a dangerous Miami by his single, crack addict mother Paula, Moonlight chronicles the struggles of self discovery and sexuality.
Moonlight was a win for the African American community and queer black men everywhere. Triumphantly, this wasn’t the only victorious moment- in fact African American pictures ruled the Oscars scene this year. Viola Davis graciously accepted her much deserved Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (an award for which 3 of the 5 nominees were black women) for her role as Rose Maxson in Fences.
In true goddess form Viola Davis expressed her gratitude for her ability to portray one of the millions of strong black women that raised entire families through hell or high water. Clearing proving that “#OscarsSoWhite” is a thing of the past.
“We are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life!” proclaimed Davis as she clutched on to her award.
Last night we celebrated both black history and black excellence as we watched some of the most powerful and moving stories of African American lives take top honors. African American culture being represented in film and winning well deserved awards was a fabulous finale to an exemplary year in Film.