The morning after the ceremony, director Barry Jenkins said he made an “imperfect statement that didn’t come out the right way.” What he wanted to say, according to Entertainment Weekly, would have been more like the statement below.
“[Moonlight playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney] and I are this kid. We are Chiron,” he says, referring to his background as a child from Liberty City, Miami, whose mother once struggled with drug addiction. “And you don’t think that kid grows up to be nominated for eight Academy Awards. It’s not a dream he’s allowed to have. I still feel that way. I didn’t think this was possible. But now I look at other people looking at me and if I didn’t think it was possible, how are they going to? But now it’s happened. So what I think of possibility, let’s take it off the table. The thing has happened.” Bay Windows— Sue O’Connell at BayWindows.com