Moonlight co-writer: 'I'm still that vulnerable boy'
16 February 2017 Last updated at 20:52 GMT
The film Moonlight has eight nominations at the Oscars.
Set mainly in a black neighbourhood of Miami, it chronicles the life of Chiron - from being a gentle child bullied at school to a young adult trying to come to terms with his sexuality.
It mixes macho brutality, with genuine tenderness.
The film is directed by Barry Jenkins and is based on a story by Tarell Alvin McCraney called In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. They are both up for an Oscar for adapted screenplay. Evan Davis met up with Tarell Alvin McCraney.
Image of Tarell Alvin McCraney and Barry Jenkins courtesy of Scott McIntyre/The New York Times