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The Oscars: 'Moonlight'

Moonlight film synopsis: As he grows from childhood to adulthood in Miami, a young black man grapples with surviving the poverty and drugs that pervade his neighborhood, establishing his own identity and accepting his sexuality. Under the influences of his drug-addicted mother, a kindly surrogate father and a conflicted best friend, the youth finds his way in life.

Considered to be the best film of the year by many reputable film critics, HOP is taking a difference stance. While the movie has its endearing moments and is a reminder of poverty, drugs and broken relationships in certain communities, it loses something after part I which is that of a young boy in conflict both with his mother, his community and his sexual orientation. Part I was the best. After that, it kind of drags out. So, taking it off the Best Picture list.