Best Director: Damien Chazelle or Barry Jenkins? | The Tylt
Best Director: Damien Chazelle or Barry Jenkins?
Best Director comes down to Chazelle and Jenkins. While many film buffs have praised Chazelle for his ode to Hollywood in "La La Land," moviegoers argue that Jenkins directorial work in "Moonlight" is groundbreaking.
The Oscars are Sunday, Feb. 26 at 8:30 ET. Who do you think will walk across that stage and take home the Oscar?
"La La Land" is the frontrunner in many categories—including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Director. Hollywood loves to award its own in meta-Hollywood masterpieces, and "La La Land" is considered a modern-day musical masterpiece. And it helps that "La La Land" is Chazelle's own original work.
Jenkins work in "Moonlight" has already made history this awards season for its rare storytelling. It's not that Black filmmakers aren't telling good stories about Black experiences, it's rare that these narratives are honored all the way up to the Oscars. The critical darling isn't expected to walk home empty-handed on Feb. 26. Many hope the Oscars won't mess this up. It's good to have faith. And moviegoers would love to see Jenkins make history as the first Black filmmaker to win Best Director at the Academy Awards.
"Moonlight" is definitely one of the most important films of 2016. The film highlights the struggles of a young Black man with his sexual identity and his harsh environment in three stages of his life.
Jenkins created empathy for storytelling that is rare in Hollywood for queer people of color—specifically the sexual identity and masculinity of a young Black man, and how his relationships and environment shaped him.