Wednesday Mar 1st, 2017
The 2017 Academy Awards will surely be remembered for the ages. The evening was filled with powerful speeches by outstanding actors, outpours of emotion, celebrations of diversity in film and a dramatic finale.
The big winner of the night was Moonlight, claiming the awards for “Best Supporting Actor,” “Writing (Adapted Screenplay),” and “Best Picture.”
Congratulations to all YoungArts alumni who were honored by the Academy, including: Viola Davis, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Nicholas Britell, and Andrew Hevia!
Viola Davis (1983 YoungArts Winner in Theater) received an Oscar for her performance in Fences as best actress in a supporting role, and Tarell Alvin McCraney (1999 YoungArts Winner in Theater) received his awards for “Writing (Adapted Screenplay)” and “Best Picture,” both for Moonlight. Nicholas Britell (1999 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music) and Andrew Hevia (2003 Winner in Cinematic Arts, Visual Arts, and Writing) also received “Best Picture” awards for their respective work on Moonlight.
Viola Davis: “I became an artist and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”
Tarell Alvin McCraney: "This goes out 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. Thank you, thank you. This is for you."