Why Moonlight could win Best Picture at the Oscars: HOwell | Toronto Star

We’re handicapping the odds on the nine Best Picture contenders for the Feb. 26 Academy Awards. Today: Moonlight.Quick pitch: Sexual awakening and life reckonings mark the passage from boyhood to adulthood for a closeted gay Miami man, played at different...

Why Moonlight could win Best Picture at the Oscars: HOwell | Toronto Star

We’re handicapping the odds on the nine Best Picture contenders for the Feb. 26 Academy Awards. Today: Moonlight.

Quick pitch: Sexual awakening and life reckonings mark the passage from boyhood to adulthood for a closeted gay Miami man, played at different ages by Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes.

Starring: Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes, Janelle Monáe, André Holland, Alex Hibbert and Ashton Sanders.

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

Nominations: 8

Key early kudos: Golden Globes Best Picture Drama; SAG Best Supporting Actor (Ali).

Box office (domestic, U.S. dollars): $21.3 million.

Ladbrokes odds: 7/1

Paddy Power: 13/2

Sky Bet: 8/1

Why it could win: It’s a compassionate and wise coming-of-age story that speaks to the urgent need to dig below the surface to find truth.

Why it might not: The La La Land juggernaut might prove too big for a movie this intimate to overcome.

Howell’s line:Moonlight’s glow will endure, with or without Oscar’s gold.

Full review:on.thestar.com/2keomF2

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