Nwsa Alum Tarell Alvin Mccraney Wins Oscar

Hailed as one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tarell Alvin McCraney, a 1999 graduate of the New World School of the Arts High School Theater program, was radiant as he took to the stage to receive the Oscar for “Best Adapted Screenplay” for Moonlight. Under the direction of fellow Miamian Barry Jenkins, the independent film, which received a total of eight Oscar nominations, also won for “ Best Picture,” and Mahershala Ali, the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar, received the award for “Best Supporting Actor, for his role as Juan in Moonlight.” “WOW, what a night!” exclaimed Patrice Bailey, Dean of Theater at New World School of the Arts. “Tarell is so deserving of receiving the Oscar for Best film/screen play. He is a beautiful writer who has had the courage to share his own story with the world. The faculty and I cannot be any prouder of him and the artistic contributions he has made to the film and theatre industry.”

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