Shortly after Barry Jenkins awoke on Monday, he learned that “Moonlight” scored six Golden Globe nominations, more than any other movie except “La La Land,” which earned seven. After also nabbing a handful of critics’ prizes over the past few weeks, “Moonlight” has paved a clear path to the Oscars.
“I’d be a pretty miserable person if I couldn’t celebrate this morning,” Jenkins told The Huffington Post by phone, a couple of hours after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s nominations were announced in Los Angeles. “I’m having a cup of coffee and taking it all in. I’m really happy for the whole cast and crew on the film.”
Jenkins received Best Director and Best Screenplay recognition, in addition to the movie’s Best Motion Picture — Drama nod and acknowledgement for Nicholas Britell’s score and Mahershala Ali’s and Naomie Harris’ supporting performances. Even though the voting bodies do not overlap, the Golden Globes are considered an Oscar bellwether, giving Jenkins added momentum toward an Academy Award bonanza come Jan. 24. Ali and Harris are also probable Oscar nominees.
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