‘Moonlight’ co-editor Joi McMillon is first African-American woman to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Editing; Director Barry Jenkins is fourth African-American to be nominated for Best Director

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Barry Jenkins (Credit: Daniel Bergeron/Getty)(LOS ANGELES, CA) – JANUARY 24, 2017 – This morning, the 89th Oscars® nominations were announced and A24’s Moonlightreceived the following 8 nods:

Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali

Cinematography – James Laxton

Best Original Score – Nicholas Britell

Best Adapted Screenplay – Barry Jenkins &Tarell McCraney

Best Supporting Actress – Naomie Harris

Film Editing – Joi McMillon & Nat Sanders

Best Directing – Barry Jenkins

Best Picture – Moonlight

These nominations makeMoonlight co-editor Joi McMillonthe first African-American woman to be recognized by the Academy for editing, and director Barry Jenkins as only the fourth black director to be nominated for a “Best Director” Oscar (John Singleton, Lee Daniels and Steve McQueen were prior nominees). This is McMillon’s first feature film editing credit and Jenkins’ second feature film.

Written and directed by Jenkins,Moonlight is having an 

Joi McMillon (Credit: A24)

incredible awards season. The film is the only release of 2016 that has topped over 300 Top 10 Lists praised by writers and critics nationwide. In addition to taking home “Best Motion Picture – Drama” at the Golden Globes earlier this month, Moonlight has earned six NAACP Image Award nominations, a Critics’ Choice Award, four Gotham Awards including “Best Picture,” a National Board of ReviewAward, three SAG nominationsand many more.

Fans can view a detailed scrapbook and testament to the film’s impact at Moonlight is in theaters everywhere. 


“A Masterpiece. We leave the theater as different people than when we came in.”- Rolling Stone

“Timely and Timeless”– Vanity Fair

“MOONLIGHT is artful food for your soul. At a time when so many of us need to be lovingly nourished.”– Kerry Washington

“MOONLIGHT is the Best Film of the Year, and One That Can Point Americans Forward” – Esquire Magazine

 “Every idea, every theme, every emotion you could feel as a human being, you feel onscreen.” – Trevor Noah

 “Barry Jenkins for President. Incredible movie.” – Chris Rock

“An Opus” – Issa Rae

“Go see this film!” – Jesse Williams


A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, MOONLIGHT is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins’s staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.



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