“I was blown away,” Ali, 42, just told me. “I actually cried a couple of times because it was just so beautiful on paper. It was a tough read but you could really connect with the characters. It felt so human.”
The movie follows the journey of a boy named Chiron from growing up in impoverished Miami to adulthood as he struggles to accept his sexuality as well as live with a mom who is addicted to crack.
Ali just picked up a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the film as a local drug dealer who becomes a father figure to Chiron while he’s still in elementary school. Moonlight picked up a total of six nominations, including one for best picture (drama).
Most important, Ali added, we need to have more empathy. “I think that’s why the film is resonating with people at this time in our country with so many things going on,” he said.
And this is just the beginning!
Moonlight is in theaters now.