'Moonlight': The Golden Globes-Winning Film You Need To Watch

Last night, the universally-acclaimed film Moonlight won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama and here's why

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By now, you're probably clued up about what went down at last night's Golden Globes.

From Emma Stone's awkward hug, Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield snogging, Meryl Streep's empowering speech and Ryan Gosling's ability to make ovaries pop across the world when he dedicated his winning speech to his partner, Eva Mendes, it was certainly a night to remember.

But, if there is one nugget of Golden Globes information you must retain this year, let it be that Moonlight is a must watch.

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Last night, Moonlight scooped the Best Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes – a sign of much-needed recognition and respect for the film – and its fans.

So, what makes Moonlight so great?

Barry Jenkins' coming-of-age drama is based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney.

It tells the story of Chiron — played by Alex R. Hibbard, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes – at three key stages in the character's life, from leaving his abusive mother Paula (Naomie Harris) to working with a local Miami drug dealer Jean (Mahershala Ali) and his girlfriend Teresa (Janelle Monae).

Throughout the film, Chiron is forced to navigate the community codes of masculinity, race, boyhood, growth and sexuality, where homosexuality is seen as the worst weakness of all.

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Jenkins drama showcases the importance of presenting hard-hitting and pertinent subjects in film, and how it really feels to be a black gay man in America today.

At last night's ceremony, Jenkins thanked everyone who had supported the film and made it an on-going success, beating out the likes of Hell or High Water, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Hacksaw Ridge for the coveted award.

He said: 'If you have seen this film and told a friend all I say is please tell a friend tell a friend tell a friend. Much love.'

As a result of the film's well-deserved win, several of Hollywood's elite took to Twitter to congratulate Jenkins and its cast – which includes the likes of Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders and Mahershala Ali.

Congratulations, Moonlight.

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