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Roy Rochlin via Getty Images

Barry Jenkins, the writer and director behind “Moonlight,” could become the biggest story of awards season should he nab Best Director at the 89th Academy Awards next month. His win would mark the first time a black man had ever done so.

But when the nominations were announced on Tuesday, Jenkins quietly made a little history along the way as well, becoming the first black writer-director to get nominated for not only Best Picture and Best Director but Best Screenplay, too. 

All in all, “Moonlight” nabbed eight nominations, tying “Arrival” for second most among all films after “La La Land.”

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