First Moonlight wins the Oscar for Best Picture and now it has a street named in its honor.
A portion of Northwest 22nd Avenue in Miami’s Liberty Hill neighborhood has been re-christened Moonlight Way.
The neighborhood is where much of the movie takes place and where both writer-director Barry Jenkins and co-screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney grew up.
The street re-naming was approved unanimously by Miami-Dade County commissioners.
A resolution sponsored by Commissioner Audrey E. Edmonson states that the film ‘evidences the possible heights of success for students from underserved communities and dysfunctional family backgrounds.’
The acclaimed film tells the story of young Chiron during three different stages in his life.
Played by three different actors, he goes from bullied effeminate child to young gay man coming to terms with his sexuality and dealing with a troubled, drug-addicted mother.
Moonlight is the first LGBTI-themed film to ever win Oscar’s top prize and grossed just under $28 million at the US box office.
It had a production budget of just $1.5 million.
Source: NBC Miami