After the complete mess that Best Picture was at the Oscars on Monday, Hollywood is slowly getting itself back on track and yesterday 'Moonlight' director and writer Barry Jenkins spoke about what he would have said had the film won and all the speeches been allowed to progress as normal.
As you'll remember, the mistake of 'La La Land' being awarded Best Picture wasn't corrected until after all three of that film's producers spoke and gave their thanks on stage, leaving little time and a whole lot of shock for the producers of 'Moonlight' to fight against to get their thanks out.
Jenkins revealed in the Hollywood Reporter that although Best Picture "is a producer's award", he did have some words prepared in case 'Moonlight' won, which were:
"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. I've said that a lot, and what I've 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. Much love."
In his piece on THR, Jenkins added: "That came out much differently onstage. Given what happened in those last 10 minutes of the ceremony, I don't know how I managed any words at all. It is what it is."