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    February 28, 2017 by Joy Thompson

    No one was happier than Steve Harvey after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read the wrong card for Best Picture…

    Well, maybe Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney, the cast of Moonlight, and all of the 305.

    This post isn’t about the biggest award show blunder of all-time though. You can watch Mario Lopez for that kind of gossip.

    This post is about the incredible film that won, and its ties to South Florida…

    Moonlight’s historic win

    Despite all odds, Moonlight trounced heavy favorite La La Land for Best Picture at the Oscars. On the surface, the win was shocking for the mere fact that NO ONE predicted that Moonlight would actually win.

    Not even the never-wrong (winky face) Nate Silver could predict the upset…

    Surprising upsets don’t automatically make history though. The reasons that Moonlight broke ground this past Sunday night was because it was…

    • the first all-black cast to win Best Picture
    • the first LBGT movie to win
    • the lowest grossing film to win

    Moonlight’s Miami ties

    This quote from the podium by Miami’s own Tarell Alvin McCraney (he wrote the story) best sums it up…

    “Two boys from Liberty City representing the 305”

    In case you’re unfamiliar with the plot, Moonlight chronicles the struggles of growing up in a tough Miami neighborhood. It follows the main African-American character, Chiron, from childhood to adulthood as he gets bullied and struggles with his own sexuality.

    Not only was the story based in Miami though — plenty of productions pretend to film in Miami (looking at you, Dexter). The whole movie was filmed in various locations throughout Broward and Dade, most notably Liberty City where the Jenkins and McCraney grew up.

    Curbed Miami pinned the filming locations on a map…

    miami-locations-moonlight

    Jenkins went to school at Miami Northwestern. Tarell Alvin McCraney went to New World School of the Arts.

    Fun fact: McCraney was schoolmates with famed documentary filmmaker Billy Corben who was responsible for very Miami-centric documentaries The U, The U pt II, Dawg Fight, and Cocaine Cowboys (to name a few).

    Wrapping up

    You shouldn’t watch this movie only because it was filmed where you live though. Based on that logic, I’d also be recommending for you to go watch Marley & Me, and that would be ludicrous. Spoiler alert: the dog dies at the end (now you don’t have to watch it and will thank me later).

    You should watch this movie because it’s well-deserving of its new title: 2016’s Best Picture.

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