Tarell McCraney Explains the Inspiration Behind His Oscar Tux

 

It was a nod to his mother, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney (L) and writer/director Barry Jenkins, winners of Best Adapted Screenplay for 'Moonlight',

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Tarell Alvin McCraney, who adapted his play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” into the Oscar-winning film Moonlight. He accepted his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in an all-white tuxedo splashed with a red ribbon, to bring awareness to the ongoing fight against AIDS. And as he explained on Instagram, it has a far deeper meaning for him.

“My mother died of AIDS related complications when I was 22 years old,” he wrote, and in the aftermath of her death he began to write the play that would become Moonlight. But his tuxedo choice was also inspired by actress and AIDS-activist Liz Taylor, who wore all white with a red ribbon in 1992. “I had the great honor of representing my mother and Mrs Taylor by wearing that same 25 year old Red Ribbon on my white suit to continue to bring awareness and solidarity to the fight against AIDS,” wrote McCraney.

Taylor wasn’t the only one wearing an AIDS ribbon in 1992, but in 1991 Taylor established the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which has “concentrated on supporting marginalized communities, and has expanded to also fund innovative HIV education and advocacy programs.”

Also, McCraney was on, like, every singe best dressed list.

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