“Moonlight” has been the little-movie-that-could this awards season. With a surprise win at the Golden Globes for Best Film Drama and nominations at BAFTA, the PGA, WGA, SAG, and DGA, Barry Jenkin‘s coming-of-age drama about a young man struggling to find his place in the world looks well on its way to the Oscars. Stars Mahershala Ali and Trevante Rhodes recently sat down with Gold Derby to discuss their roles in this A24 release.
Ali has run the gauntlet at the early critics awards for his role as Juan, a Miami drug dealer who becomes a father figure to Chiron (Alex Hibbert), a young boy whose mother (Naomie Harris) is an addict. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever had the opportunity to be apart of,” he reveals. “Playing someone like that who is that layered is something that I definitely welcomed.” The actor has reaped nominations at the Globes, BAFTA, and SAG, and won the Critics’ Choice Award.
Rhodes plays the adult Chiron, who goes by the nickname Black. The actor describes his character as, “the most beautifully flawed individual,” someone who, “shields himself from the world because he’s afraid that the world will judge him.” He competes at the SAG awards for their Best Film Ensemble prize.
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Mahershala Ali, who plays Juan
Trevante Rhodes, who plays Black
James Laxton, cinematographer
Nicholas Britell, composer
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