Barry Jenkins unwittingly found himself at the center of the most embarrassing faux-pas in Oscars history at the 2017 ceremony. But as well as getting caught up in the drama of the Best Picture fiasco, the Moonlight director achieved a major first that largely went unnoticed. Here’s a look at how the 38-year-old broke new ground at the Academy Awards.
Born in Liberty City, Miami, in 1979 Barry Jenkins experienced a turbulent childhood. He lost his estranged father at the age of 12 and was largely brought up in a crowded two-bedroom apartment by a friend of his young mother. After graduating high school, he then studied film at Florida State University.