“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins finally was able to share his acceptance speech for Best Picture for “Moonlight” during a SXSW panel on Sunday.
Jenkins never received his full Oscars acceptance speech moment due to the Best Picture fiasco which had presenters, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, incorrectly announce “La La Land” as the winner. Even though Jenkins was able to take the stage he was unable to give his full speech.
Without revealing what he was about to share, Jenkins walked on stage and delivered the speech he never got to give while appearing at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
“Tarell and I are Chiron. We are that boy. And when you watch Moonlight, you don’t assume a boy who grew up how and where we did would grow up and make a piece of art that wins an Academy Award — certainly don’t think he would grow up to win Best Picture. I’ve said that a lot and what I’ve had to admit is that I placed those limitations on myself. I denied myself that dream — not you, not anyone else — me. And so, to anyone watching this who sees themselves in us, let this be a symbol, a reflection that leads you to love yourself. Because doing so may be the difference between dreaming at all and somehow, through the Academy’s grace, realizing dreams you never allowed yourself to have,” Jenkins said according to Deadline.
Watch part of the speech below.