Moonlight sweeps Spirit Awards

Published On: February 26, 2017 11:30 PM NPT By: Reuters

‘Moonlight’ triumphed at the Film Independent Spirit Awards with six wins on Saturday, besting grief drama ‘Manchester by the Sea’ ahead of Sunday’s Oscar’s ceremony.

Moonlight is about a black boy in an impoverished Miami neighborhood as he grapples with his sexuality, it was named best feature, the top award. It also won for best director and best screenplay for writer-director Barry Jenkins, and an ensemble cast award.

“This movie exists as a beacon of inclusivity,” Jenkins said.

Moonlight will be competing for eight Oscars, including best picture. The Independent Spirit Awards, held on California’s Santa Monica Beach on the day before Hollywood’s glitzy Oscars ceremony, honors the year’s best achievements in independent film made on small budgets.


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