Moonlight has become one of those rare gay themed films to break out into the mainstream after winning the Golden Globe for best drama in Beverly Hills on Sunday.
A coming of age tale about a gay African American man, the film has been racking up awards and critical acclaim since it was released in the US in October.
After winning the award, writer and director Barry Jenkins said that Moonlight had been embraced by people who wanted to see “something real reflected” and “stories that haven’t been told”.
He added that, “We have to give people things not to escape to — there’s room for escapism — but things that they can run to, that can reaffirm.”
One of the night’s major upsets was when the film’s Mahershala Ali failed to win the supporting actor in a drama award as widely anticipated. Instead, Aaron Taylor-Johnson took the prize for his role in Nocturnal Animals.
Moonlight, which received six nominations, chronicles the life of a young black man in Miami, from childhood to adulthood, as he comes to grips with his sexuality and his place in the world.
The film is divided into three chapters and the main character, Chiron, is played by three actors in different stages of his life. Its cast has been lauded for their powerful performances.
Moonlight is scheduled for release in South Africa on 10 February. (Watch the trailer below.)
The film La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, was the night’s biggest winner, scoring a record-breaking seven awards, including best motion picture – musical or comedy. A musical, it tells the story of an aspiring actress and a jazz musician trying to make it in Los Angeles.
Below are all the winners of the 74th Golden Globe Awards.
Best motion picture, drama: Moonlight
Best motion picture, musical or comedy: La La Land
Actress, drama: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Actor, drama: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Actress, comedy or musical: Emma Stone, La La Land
Actor, comedy or musical: Ryan Gosling, La La Land