Caitlin Flynn
April 20, 2017 2:04 pm

One of the most memorable and important moments in Oscar history came when Moonlight, a coming-of-age LGBT drama with an all-black cast, brought home a richly-deserved award for Best Picture. The film’s location is key to its storyline — so it’s fitting that Miami is naming a street after Moonlight.

A stretch of Miami-Dade County’s Liberty City, close to where scenes from the movie were filmed, will be renamed “Moonlight Way.”

Moonlight‘s co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney specifically called out Liberty City when accepting the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a person who didn’t love Moonlight — but the film is especially meaningful for natives of the city.

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McCraney and director Barry Jenkins are headed to Miami on April 22nd for the Moonlight Celebration at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Jenkins has previously spoken about his attachment to his home city and why it was so important to provide an accurate depiction of Miami in Moonlight.

Next time you visit Miami, you’ll definitely want to check out the “Moonlight Way” — NW 22nd Avenue from NW 61st Street to NW 66th Street. It’s a beautiful tribute to one of the most groundbreaking films in cinema history.

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