Video Version of this Article Photo/Video: Barry Jenkins with his Oscar for 'Moonlight' at the 89th Annual Academy Awards/Jaguar Ps Although Barry Jenkins has been in the entertainment industry for over a decade, he shot to fame in 2016 after the release of ‘Moonlight’, which he directed as well as co-wrote with Tarell Alvin McCraney. ‘Moonlight’ tells the story of Chiron, an African-American coming to terms with his identity and sexuality. Starting in the 1980s, this incredible coming-of-age story won awards for Best Motion Picture of the Year at the Academy Awards, Best Motion Picture - Drama at the Golden Globes, and many more. Ever since then, Jenkins has sky-rocketed to the forefront of innovative and diverse storytelling and serves as a role model for many other directors. Related article: ‘Moonlight’: Illuminating Communal Family Dynamics in the Black Community Related article: Where Are All the LGBTQ+ Talent?