The 89th Academy Awards air live this Sunday on ABC. Fresh off the heels from winning a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama, MOONLIGHT, the coming of age story of an inner city black queer youth, today received eight Oscar® nominations, including one in the coveted Best Picture category. MOONLIGHT is also nominated in Outstanding Film – Wide Release at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, tickets available now. MOONLIGHT is available now through video on demand services.
Others noms for MOONLIGHT include Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing and Original Score. Individual nominations included: Barry Jenkins for Best Director, Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor and Naomie Harris for Best Supporting Actress. While other LGBTQ films have garnered major individual honors, MOONLIGHT is notable for the number of nominations acquired within a single year within the Academy's history. The last LGBTQ film to receive eight nominations was the Harvey Milk biopic Milk (2008), which took home two statuettes: Best Original Screenplay for Dustin Lance Black and Best Actor for Sean Penn.
I Am Not Your Negro, the documentary about and inspired by gay novelist, playwright, and author James Baldwin, is nominated in Documentary Feature. I Am Not Your Negro is in theaters now. The sci-fi film Star Trek Beyond picked up a nomination in Makeup and Hairstyling. Out actress Kate McKinnon will be one of the evening's presenters.
The 89th Academy Awards will air live this Sunday on ABC at 8:30 ET/ 5:30 PT. You can also livestream the show on either ABC.com or on the ABC app.