Tarell Alvin McCraney Tarell Alvin McCraney – alumnus of New World School of the Arts at Miami Dade College, MacArthur “genius” award recipient and playwright extraordinaire – can add another shining accolade to his résumé: Oscar winner. McCraney shared the award for Best Adapted Screenplay with director Barry Jenkins for the adaptation of McCraney’s original story for the film Moonlight. McCraney’s poignant and riveting recounting of growing up in Liberty City – just blocks away from where Jenkins grew up – is titled In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It is a coming of age story addressing difficult, urgent contemporary themes. Moonlight also won two other Oscars: the award for Best Picture and the award for Best Supporting Actor, which went to Mahershala Ali.
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