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Writer-director Barry Jenkins of the film Moonlight, found out that his film won Best Picture at the Oscars (right after he believed he’d lost to La La Land, the film that was first announced as the winner), but the opportunity to give his planned speech was lost due to the strange circumstances.

He shared his planned speech with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, writing in part:

“[To anyone watching this who sees themselves in us, let this be a symbol, a reflection that leads you to love yourself. Because doing so may be the difference between dreaming at all and, somehow through the Academy’s grace, realizing dreams you never allowed yourself to have.”

You can read the entire speech by clicking here.