Moonlight has been awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture. Among a number of notable firsts the film presented are first Best Picture winner to centrally feature gay protagonists and a full cast of African descent, and in Mahershala Ali's win for Best Supporting Actor, first muslim actor to win an Academy Award.
Another significant first occurred in Viola Davis' win for Best Supporting Actress in Fences, by which she became the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony for acting performances.
View the speeches below. And at the end do enjoy an original dance homage to Moonlight, itself a collaboration featuring film director Anna Rose Holmer and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's artistic director, Robert Battle, and dancers, Jamar Roberts, Christopher Taylor, and Jeremy T. Villas, who play out a blue-lit movement to a euphoric score by Academy Award-nominated composer Nicholas Britell.