89th Oscars Onstage Speech Transcript: Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

CATEGORY: Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
SPEECH BY: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney
FILM: Moonlight



Thank you to the Academy. Thank you A24. Thank you Plan B. Thank you Adele Romanski. Thank you our amazing, phenomenal cast. Thank you my mom, my sister, everybody in Miami. I also want to thank my reps, ’the three amigos’, Jay Baker at CAA, Jewerl Ross and Jamie Feldman. And I have to thank two women in particular, my publicist Paula Woods and Heather Secrist at A24. Thank you for taking care of me.

I tell my students that I teach sometimes, be in love with the process not the result but I really wanted this result because a bajillion people are watching and all you people out there who feel like there’s no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back. And for the next four years, we will not leave you alone, we will not forget you.

Amen, brother. I just want to echo everything you just said and all those thanks but I also want to say thank God for my mother who proved to me through her struggles and the struggles that Naomie Harris portrayed for all of you that we can really be here and be somebody. Two boys from Liberty City, up here on this stage, representing three-oh-five. This goes out to all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender conforming who don’t see themselves, we’re trying to show you, you and us. So thank you, thank you, this is for you.




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