Moonlight's Director Finally Got To Give His Oscars Acceptance Speech

The dust has settled in the aftermath of the 2018 Oscars ceremony, and The Shape of Water has handily walked away with its Best Picture award. That said, the memory of the 2017 Oscars remains firmly in memory, particularly when it comes to the La La Land and Moonlight mix-up that dominated the evening. As a result, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins never got to give his planned Oscar speech, but on Sunday at SXSW in Austin, the filmmaker finally got his chance to recite his planned words. As Jenkins said:

Pretty dramatic, right? Now imagine if Barry Jenkins had the chance to say that speech on a stage in front of a captive audience. Alas, that’s now how things panned out, as Best Picture presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope (the one which contained the card for Emma Stone’s La La Land Oscar win), and the night took a decidedly bizarre turn from there.

Of course, although Barry Jenkins’ remarks at SXSW (via CNN) highlight his disbelief at winning the Best Picture Oscar, he has not slowed down in his filmmaking endeavors. In fact, he is already in the process of working on his next project, If Beale Street Could Talk, which is based upon a 1974 James Baldwin novel of the same name. Now that he has proven that he can win an Oscar, it will be interesting to see how he proceeds as an Academy veteran.

Now, one year later, it looks like The Academy Awards have taken cautious steps to make sure that another mix-up like the one seen in 2017 won’t happen again. That means that it’s time to start looking ahead to the 2019 ceremony, so take a look at our 2018 movie premiere guide to check out all of the most prominent release dates for this year and keep an eye on all of next year’s potential Oscar contenders!