'Moonlight' made history at the Academy Awards, several times over.
After two years of #OscarsSoWhite, a coming-of-age film about a black gay youth defied the odds — and beat the very white and very straight La La Land — to become Best Picture.
In doing so, Moonlight became a win for visibility for historically marginalized communities. It also broke many records. Here are a few of the ceilings it shattered on Hollywood’s biggest night.
1. 'Moonlight' is the first LGBT film to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
Even Brokeback Mountain — Ang Lee’s masterpiece about ranchmen in love — couldn’t take home Hollywood’s highest honor.
2. 'Moonlight' is the first film with an all-black cast to win Best Picture.
The film starred Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, and Mahershala Ali — all people of color.
3. 'Moonlight' is the first film with an African-American director to win Best Picture.
At age 37, Barry Jenkins is also one of the youngest to accomplish this feat.
4. 'Moonlight' is the first film with a gay black protagonist to win Best Picture.
Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, and Alex Hibbert portray Chiron, a boy who grows up in a poor Miami neighborhood, at different ages.
5. Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim to win in an acting category at the Oscars.
Ali, who portrays a drug dealer and mentor, said in his acceptance speech, “I had so many wonderful teachers [growing up], and one thing that they consistently told me was it wasn’t about you, it’s not about you. It’s about these characters. You’re in service to these stories and these characters. And I’m so blessed to have had an opportunity [to do that].”
6. Joi McMillon became the first African-American female to be nominated for a Best Editing Oscar.
McMillon shared the honor with Nat Sanders.
7. 'Moonlight' is the second-lowest-grossing film to win Best Picture.
At the time of the Oscars, the film had only brought in $22.2 million in domestic ticket sales — the lowest of the year’s nominees. The all-time record goes to The Hurt Locker, with $19.4 million, adjusted for inflation.
8. Adjusted for inflation, 'Moonlight' has the smallest budget of any film to win Best Picture.
The production cost only $1.5 million, which adjusted for inflation sets the record. In comparison, La La Land cost $30 million.
9. Barry Jenkins and Tarrell Alvin McCraney are the first pair of black men to win Best Adapted Screenplay.
Jenkins helped adapt McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. The two grew up blocks from each other in Miami, although they only met as adults.
10. Tarell Alvin McCraney is the first gay black man to win for Best Adapted Screenplay.
He dedicated the award "to all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender-conforming who don't see themselves. We're trying to show you you and us. So thank you, thank you, this is for you."
11. Barry Jenkins is the first African-American to be nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay in the same year.