Barry Jenkins didn’t wind up becoming the first black filmmaker to win the Oscar for Best Director on Sunday night, but it was certainly a night of great achievements for the man behind Moonlight. Before the show, he made history last month as the first black writer/director to be nominated for Best Director and a screenplay award for a Best Picture contender.
At the ceremony, he became the first African-American (but not first black) helmer of a Best Picture winner. He also won an Oscar himself, that screenplay award.
THE OSCAR WIN FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE ORIGINS OF BARRY JENKINS
The honors are especially wonderful for Jenkins considering Moonlight was Jenkins’s first feature in eight years, following his 2008…