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Oscar winning 'Moonlight' shines on Miami's Liberty City

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/28/2017 By JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press
Larry Anderson, left, and Kamal Ani-Bello, both Miami Northwestern Senior High School students who acted in the movie "Moonlight," speak during an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Miami. Director Barry Jenkins “came from the same grounds I came from, from the same city,” said Anderson. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) © The Associated Press Larry Anderson, left, and Kamal Ani-Bello, both Miami Northwestern Senior High School students who acted in the movie "Moonlight," speak during an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Miami. Director Barry Jenkins “came from the same grounds I came from, from the same city,” said Anderson. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI (AP) — Far from South Beach or Wynwood, "Moonlight" presents a view of Miami truly known by few outside the people who live there.

Larry Anderson, a Miami Northwestern Senior High School student who acted in the movie "Moonlight," speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Miami. Director Barry Jenkins “came from the same grounds I came from, from the same city,” said Anderson. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) © The Associated Press Larry Anderson, a Miami Northwestern Senior High School student who acted in the movie "Moonlight," speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Miami. Director Barry Jenkins “came from the same grounds I came from, from the same city,” said Anderson. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

"Moonlight" won the Academy Award on Sunday night for best picture, best supporting actor and best adapted screenplay. It was nominated in five additional categories. It follows the life of a young black man as he grows up in a poverty-stricken neighborhood while coming to terms with his own homosexuality.

Kamal Ani-Bello, a student at Miami Northwestern Senior High School who acted in the movie "Moonlight," speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Miami. “The best thing about this movie is they actually went into the projects and shot it, and they let kids from around Liberty City be in it,” said Ani-Bello. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) © The Associated Press Kamal Ani-Bello, a student at Miami Northwestern Senior High School who acted in the movie "Moonlight," speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Miami. “The best thing about this movie is they actually went into the projects and shot it, and they let kids from around Liberty City be in it,” said Ani-Bello. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Director Barry Jenkins "came from the same grounds I came from, from the same city," said Larry Anderson, a Miami Northwestern Senior High School junior who also had a role as an extra.

Amanda Ali, a student at Miami Northwestern Senior High School who acted in the movie "Moonlight," speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) © The Associated Press Amanda Ali, a student at Miami Northwestern Senior High School who acted in the movie "Moonlight," speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Jenkins' wrote the screenplay for "Moonlight" with Tarell Alvin McCraney, who grew up in the same neighborhoods as Jenkins.

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