Mahershala Ali, left, and Alex Hibbert in a scene from Best Picture winner "Moonlight."
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It was, in a way, fitting that stealthy, silent "Moonlight" won best picture amid such cacophony Sunday night. Since its film festival debut, Jenkin's lyrical film has steadily risen not through the loud kind of arm-waving that often catapults movies to the top prize – big box-office, scene-chewing performances, historical sweep – but by a soulful, unremitting glow that slow-burned all the way to the Oscars.How did "Moonlight" just pull off one of the biggest upsets in Academy Awards history? Arguably 2016's most critically adored film, "Moonlight" is unquestionably deserving.Films this good don't often win best picture.It was only Jenkins' second film, and his first in eight years. Having made $22.2 million at the box office, it's one of the littlest-seen best-picture winners ever. It was boosted by some compelling history: Bigelow's film was the first best-picture winner directed by a woman.
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