“Because we got the Best Picture award that way, this clip has been shown in so many places,” Jenkins said. “I have no doubts in my mind, of anything I’ve ever done in my life, and who knows what’s to come, but this particular moment will be the most visible thing that has ever been associated with me, for for better or for worse. The good thing is that there might have been people who had never heard of the movie or seen it but didn’t know who I was or what I looked like. This film was shown in many small places… because of the volume [the Oscars] was, they saw it.
Jenkins said he generally avoided watching the clip for “La La Land” best picture ad – “Moonlight” (February 26, the anniversary of the gaffe, is the rare exception), adding: “It didn’t seem not special at the moment. for me personally… it was actually pretty scary what was going on given everything that was going on in the world. I thought very bad things were happening. I didn’t have the camera angles you did. It was almost like being in the parking lot on the way out and pop, pop, pop. This is where my mind went.
Because Jenkins never saw the envelope that ranked “Moonlight” as the winner for Best Picture and the Oscar trophy did not have the winner engraved before the ceremony, the filmmaker said it was impossible to say whether what was happening was real. Perhaps Jenkins’ biggest problem with the blunder all these years later is that he has perpetuated a false narrative that “Moonlight” only won the Best Picture award because the Academy wanted to honor one. dark movie.
“In a bit of a sinister way, the shit either confirms or confirms some people’s unsavory thoughts on why the film received the best picture award,” the filmmaker said. “If you blindly took the film taste test and wrote down all the accolades that film got that year, whether it was the ratings, the reviews, all of that stuff, [then ‘Moonlight’ wins]. If we were at the NFL Combine and I tell you, “This player has these measurements and was drafted number one,” you wouldn’t doubt it at all. And yet when you walk into “Oh, it’s because that was the movie Black” … it’s like no, motherfucker. We ran a [4.2 second 40-yard dash], and we ran it barefoot because we didn’t have the benefits of all this Private Academy training.
The silver lining of Jenkins’ swirling Oscars came when he and “Moonlight” writer Tarell Alvin McCraney returned home to Florida and found themselves in the rubble of their childhood home. “Every once in a while it hits me with this holy shit of two cats who grew up here on Wellness Cheese in the 1980s… we go on stage and we got Oscars and everyone in the room s’ is up… The room was so full. “
Jenkins’ “The Underground Railroad” debuts in all 10 episodes at a time May 14 on Amazon Prime Video. Listen to Jenkins’ full interview on the “Jemele Hill Is Unbothered” podcast here.