Director Barry Jenkins and original playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney accepted the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay on Sunday for turning McCraney’s play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, into a feature film.
The movie tells the three-part story of Chiron, a poor gay black man coming to terms with his sexual identity while growing up in Florida.
Both men used their Oscars speeches to offer hope and gratitude to disenfranchised viewers.
“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,” promised Jenkins. “We will not forget you.”
McCraney doubled down on the director’s sentiments with a special dedication.
“This goes out to all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender conforming who don’t see themselves,” the playwright said. “This is for you.”