Despite the most ardent efforts of the #OscarsSoWhite forces, aka Warren Beatty, Moonlight could not be denied its due as the 2017 winner for Best Picture, not to mention Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Mahershala Ali and Best Writing for an adapted screenplay. Kudos to La La Land director Damien Chazelle for graciously handing the award off to its rightful owner, Barry Jenkins. You can catch Moonlight for two more days at Regal Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 on Wednesday and Thursday at 4:15 p.m.; and at Carmike 18 in Greensboro on Wednesday and Thursday at 6:45 p.m., and on Friday at 12:15 p.m., 2:50 p.m. and 5:25 p.m.
2. La La Land
Maybe Damien Chazelle didn’t feel so bad ceding the prize for Best Picture, considering that he won best director, while Emma Stone took Best Actress in a Leading Role and his film won Best Music for an Original Score. La La Land screens at Regal Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 on Wednesday and Thursday at 1:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m. and 10:05 p.m.; at Carmike 18 in Greensboro on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; at Carmike 10 in Winston-Salem on Wednesday at 9:45 p.m.
3. Manchester by the Sea
Manchester by the Sea, which earned a Best Actor in a Leading Role award for Casey Affleck and won Best Writing for an Original Screenplay, screens at Marketplace Cinemas in Winston-Salem on Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m.; and at Carmike 18 in Greensboro on Friday through March 9 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Fences, adapted from the acclaimed 1983 play by August Wilson, earned an Oscar for Viola Davis for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. It screens at Aperture Cinema in Winston-Salem on Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and at Carmike 18 in Greensboro on Wednesday and Thursday at 1 p.m., and Friday at noon
I Am Not Your Negro, the Raoul Peck documentary that relies so heavily on the words of James Baldwin that its subject gets a writing credit, didn’t win in the Best Documentary category — that honor went to OJ: Made in America — but it’s still worth checking out [See Joel Sronce’s review]. See it at Aperture Cinema in Winston-Salem on Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., and Friday at 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Hidden Figures, which was nominated for best picture, best writing for an adapted screenplay and best actress in a supporting role, is showing at too many theaters and times to list here. Maybe winning isn’t everything.