Moonlight and the Academy Awards

Moonlight, nominated for eight Academy Awards, is the result of close collaboration by six film school alums, most of whom have been working together since they were students at the College of Motion Picture Arts.

Of the six, five were nominated for Oscars in their categories.

Best Picture – Adele Romanski (’04), Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

Best Director – Barry Jenkins (‘03)

Best Cinematographer – James Laxton (’03)

Best Film Editing – Nat Sanders, Joi McMillon (‘03)

Best Adapted Screenplay – Barry Jenkins (’03), Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali

Best Suporting Actress – Naomie Harris

Best Score – Nicholas Britell

Joi McMillon, who was one of the two nominees for Best Film Editing, is the first black woman ever to be nominated in this category. 

Interim Dean Reb Braddock summed up the feelings of the school, “We could not be more proud of Barry Jenkins and his wonderful team of film school alums for their success. Moonlight is a shining example of what we do here at the college. We combine talented groups of individuals and hone them into filmmaking teams who forge bonds as friends and collaborators for years to come.”