African American coming-of-age tale “Moonlight” won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday.
Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis best supporting male and female actors
“Moonlight,” about a young boy struggling with poverty and his sexuality in Miami, also brought a supporting actor Oscar for first timer Mahershala Ali, a best adapted screenplay statuette.
Viola Davis won for her supporting role as a long suffering housewife in African American family drama “Fences”. She is the first black woman to win an Oscar, Tony and Emmy award for acting.
The recognition for both the actors and their films made a stark contrast to the 2016 Academy Awards when no actors of color were even nominated.
“Moonlight” producer Adele Romanski said she hoped the movie would inspire “little black boys and brown girls and other folks watching at home who feel marginalized.”