It’s still very early, of course, but the awards bode very well for Moonlight, the urban drama that has gained nearly universal praise since its release in October. It figures to compete across numerous Oscar categories, from Best Picture to Best Director to even more technical categories like cinematography. And since the film’s cast is split among three different eras, it’s more good news for Moonlight that Ali managed to win an acting award. Jenkins, should he win, would become the first-ever African-American Best Director winner.
But don’t count out the other films yet — La La Land and Manchester by the Sea remain top contenders, while a pair of films not yet seen by most critics — Denzel Washington’s Fences and Martin Scorsese’s Silence — may still catch on later in awards season. It is, after all, still only the first week in December.