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The bittersweet acceptance speech the director of “Moonlight” never got to give

“[‘Moonlight’ writer, Tarell Alvin McCraney] and I are Chiron. We are that boy, and when you watch ‘Moonlight,’ you don’t assume a boy who grew up how and where we did would grow up and make a piece of art that wins an Academy Award. You certainly don’t think he will grow up to win Best Picture. I’ve said that a lot, and what I had to admit is that I placed those limitations on myself. I denied myself that dream. Not you, not anyone else. Me. And so to anyone watching this, who sees themselves in us, let this be a symbol, a reflection that leads you to love yourself because doing so may be the difference between dreaming at all and somehow, through the Academy’s grace, realizing dreams you never allowed yourself to have…

That is the speech I would’ve read after winning best picture.”Moonlight director Barry Jenkins speaking at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas

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