Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Slate's Aisha Harris: Hollywood really did get
Best Picture right this year

Moonlight is almost a miracle: no movie with a gay lead role has ever been named Best Picture, nor has any recent movie made for a paltry 1.5 million dollars, nor has any movie with black characters that wasn't about racism.
     Even so, Harris didn't pronounce Moonlight the movie of the year lightly; she did the homework that buttressed her case:
Moonlight holds a near-perfect 99 score on Metacritic (vs. La La Land’s still-impressive 93), and lands at No. 4 on the reviews-aggregation site’s all-time list, behind only The Godfather, Boyhood, and Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Red. It also topped the Village Voice’s critics poll for 2016, making this only the second time in the 21st century when the Oscars anointed the same best film of the year as the critics. And as the Wrap reported last week, Moonlight emerged with more of the top film awards throughout the season than any other movie.

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