Controversy aside, let’s talk about this year’s Best-Picture winner that got overshadowed by a production mistake, Moonlight. Director-writer Barry Jenkins’ film was overshadowed for the biggest film award of the year when the wrong card was given to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, but the monster upset for Best-Picture is worth discussing beyond the controversy itself.
La La Land didn’t come home empty handed by any means, but with one of the most praised films of 2016 with everything going for it, people found Moonlight to be the most riveting of them all. I particularly enjoyed the film and was enchanted by it’s unique subject matter and the touches Jenkins put on the story, but I can’t say that I would have picked Moonlight for Best-Picture. Again, it’s very much deserving, but I’m giving opinion at this point.
What is worthy of a Best-Picture award anyways? We’ve seen tons of films no one is going to go back and watch win the coveted prize, but for cinephiles like you and I, I have a feeling we are going to be talking about La La Land losing more than we are Moonlight winning in a similar fashion that sports fans did with this year’s Superbowl.
The fact that there was such incredible competition this year only proves the impressive nature of the winners in general, but I have a soft spot for both films regardless. Barry Jenkins and Damien Chazelle are outstanding young film makers that aren’t going anywhere if studios are wise to hire them – and they will hire them – because these are auteurs of film that we are able to witness at a prime time of film making where recognition will hopefully expand to all styles and backgrounds of film for years to come.