“It will be amazing if the Academy did a special award for three of us,” says ‘Moonlight’ actor Ashton Sanders

“Moonlight” chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood.


Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age ensemble drama “Moonlight” is likely to be a Best Picture contender at the Oscars in February. But when it comes to the Best Actor category, it will be difficult to select from one of the three talented actors who play the lead role.Moonlight's Aston Sanders

Trevante Rhodes, 26, Ashton Sanders, 20, and Alex R. Hibbert, 12, all play the same character, Chiron, in three chapters in his life in this masterpiece, which made history at the Gotham Independent Film Awards by becoming the first movie to win both best feature and the audience award in the same year. Told in three acts, this story of a troubled boy growing up in drug-ridden Miami, chronicles the young black man’s life from childhood to adulthood, and how he struggles with life, family and his sexuality.

Hailed by the New York Times as one of the best films of 2016, Alex R. Hibbert kicks things off with Chiron as a young boy, Ashton Sanders comes on board as Chiron as a teenager while Trevante Rhodes closes the final third of the film as Chiron as an adult.

“It’s a story dealing with identity and several subjects packed in one character,” shares Sanders, who like the character he portrays in the film, was also bullied throughout middle school. “It resonates with the entire world and everybody can relate to this film. ”

“Moonlight,” which has been nominated for 10 Critics’ Choice Awards, has yet to yield any individual acting nods for its lead actors, although Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali, who also star in the film, have earned supporting actor accolades.

“I do believe all three of us are going to be contenders and it will be amazing if the Academy did a special award for all three of us,” says Sanders. “We just have to see how it plays out, as we are all not in the film from beginning to end. It’s a hard predicament to be in, but it would just be an honor to get an ensemble award.”

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(Pictured: (top) Ashton as Chiron in a scene from Moonlight (right) Ashton Sanders 

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