Moonlight hasn’t doesn’t winning awards yet, as last night at the MTV Movie Awards, it picked up Best Kiss for the smooch between Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome as the teenage versions of Chiron and Kevin. Of course the scene in question on the beach involved a bit more than just a kiss, but it was for the lip locking that they got their gong.
The two actors also had a powerful message, with Jerome saying, “On a real note, I think it is safe to say that it is OK for us young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out of the box. It’s OK for us to step out of the box and do whatever it takes to tell the story and whatever it takes to make the change. This award is for that. It’s for us artists who are out there, who need to do whatever it takes to get people to wake up.”
Sanders added, “This award is bigger than Jharrel and I. This represents more than a kiss. This is for those who feel like the others, the misfits – this represents us.”
You can take a look at their speech below.