The Academy Awards ceremony is right around the corner on Feb. 26, but for the contenders, the press tour began months ago. Naomie Harris, whose role as the drug-addicted mom in Moonlight earned her first Academy Award nomination — for Best Supporting Actress — has been promoting the indie drama since last fall. Let’s take a look back at the star’s busy road to the Oscars.
Naomie Harris had vowed never to play a crack addict, but it was a vow she had to break when she received the script for Barry Jenkins’s coming-of-age drama Moonlight. The decision has worked out well for the amiable 40-year-old English actress best known for 28 Days Later and the Daniel Craig Bond movies. Harris has received the best reviews of her career for the acclaimed film, along with her first Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations, and a probable Oscar nod on the horizon.
Barry Jenkins has heard the comparisons. He’s heard his film called “Black Brokeback Boyz N the Hood,” as he put it. But Moonlight, Jenkins and his cast noted at the movie’s recent Los Angeles press day (watch above), should stand on its own merits, even if it faces some of the oversimplified labels as the so-called “gay cowboy” movie Brokeback Mountain 11 years ago.