Moonlight made more history over the weekend as costars Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome — who played the two leading characters in their teenage years — earned the MTV Movie & TV Award for “Best Kiss.”
Sanders, in accepting the award, dedicated it to “the misfits,” saying, “I think it’s safe to say that it is okay for young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out of the box. This award is for that. It’s for artists who need to step out of the box and do whatever it takes to tell a story and whatever it takes to make a change, to get people to wake up.”
“This award is bigger than Jharrel and I, this represents more than a kiss. This is for those who feel like ‘the others’, ‘the misfits’,” he added.
Director Barry Jenkins also weighed in via Twitter:
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Hey now!!! Much love to <a href=”https://twitter.com/AshDSanders”>@AshDSanders</a> and <a href=”https://twitter.com/JharrelJerome”>@JharrelJerome</a> holdin us down at the <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/MTVAwards?src=hash”>#MTVAwards</a>!!! Could not be prouder of these two ???????????????????????? <a href=”https://t.co/fLqVHGht9i”>https://t.co/fLqVHGht9i</a></p>— Barry Jenkins (@BandryBarry) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BandryBarry/status/861384212326129669″>May 8, 2017</a></blockquote>
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It was the second time a pair of men won the award, but the first non-sarcastic one. The first went to Will Ferrell and Sasha Barron Cohen in 2007 for Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. It was also only the second time a black actor was involved, the first being in 1997 when Will Smith and Vivica A. Fox won for Independence Day.