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School of Theatre Alumni featured in Oscar Winning “Moonlight”

Published February 27, 2017

André Holland and Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight (2016). Image courtesy of IMDB.

The College of Fine Arts is very proud to congratulate School of Theatre alumni André Holland (BFA Acting, 2001) for his involvement in the Academy Award® winning Best Picture movie, Moonlight. There was a total of seven Florida State graduates who worked on the film to create the best movie of the year. Moonlight, written and directed by FSU Film School alumnus Barry Jenkins, is a “timeless story of human self-discovery and connection that chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami” (IMDB). The movie was nominated for eight Oscars and won three: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

André Holland, who played the character Kevin in Moonlight, has been featured in films such as 42, and the Academy Award® nominated film, SelmaHolland currently stars in the TV series The Knick on Showtime and you can also see him on Broadway through March 12th in August Wilson’s Jitney. Holland has also had featured roles in the NBC sitcom 1600 Penn and the FX series American Horror Story. For more information on Holland, click here.

Along with our CFA alum, a huge congratulations to our fellow FSU Film School alumni who were involved in the creation of Moonlight: Barry Jenkins (2003), Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay; Adele Romanski (2004), Best Picture; James Laxton (2003), Best Cinematographer; Joi McMillon (2003) and Nat Sanders (2003), Best Film Editing; and co-producer Andrew Hevia.