One year ago today, a single envelope changed the course of Oscars history. At the 2017 Academy Awards, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced that La La Land had won best picture—which was not exactly a surprising outcome. The film’s producers swarmed the stage and, one by one, started delivering excited acceptance speeches. Meanwhile, worried whispers began percolating backstage after PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants and Oscars producers realized that the correct winner was actually Moonlight,Barry Jenkins’s tender three-tier story about a boy in Miami discovering his sexuality. La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz quickly stepped to the microphone, announced there had been a mistake, and then grabbed the correct envelope and held it up for all to see. The night descended into chaos, quickly calcifying one of the craziest moments in Oscars history.
Since then, the stars of Moonlight have hardly shrunk away from the spotlight; they’re all working on an array of projects that’ll keep them busy for years to come. From Mahershala Ali’s HBO project to Janelle Monáe’s return to music, here’s where you’ll see them all next.
The Oscar-winning director has his hands full with upcoming projects, including an adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk and a mini-series adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s best-seller The Underground Railroad for Amazon. He also maintains a delightful Twitter account, where he makes movie recommendations and occasionally live-tweets classic Julia Roberts rom-coms.
The star who picked up a much-deserved best-supporting-actor statuette for his performance as Juan, the sensitive drug dealer and father figure to tiny Chiron, is set to topline the upcoming season of HBO’s True Detective, the big-budget action film Alita: Battle Angel, and the period drama Green Book. He also has a voice role in Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which hits theaters on December 14.
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The littlest Chiron has had a busy post-Moonlight career, briefly appearing in Black Panther and starring in Lena Waithe’s series The Chi, which is currently airing on Showtime.
The stylish star, whose heartbreaking turn as a teenage Chiron launched his nascent career, will next be seen in The Equalizer 2. The film stars Denzel Washington, a personal hero Sanders met for the first time during Moonlight’s busy awards season. He’s also landed a role in the sci-fi thriller Captive State, which comes out in August.
After simultaneously breaking hearts and scooping up a legion of thirsty followers thanks to his portrayal of the eldest Chiron in Moonlight, Rhodes has set his sights on a bigger audience, picking up a role in the action film The Predator. He’s also been busy becoming best friends with his teeny co-star Jacob Tremblay.
After making her feature-film acting debut as Juan’s intuitive girlfriend, Monáe has returned to the music world to promote her upcoming album Dirty Computer. Two sumptuous music videos, for “Django Jane” and “Make Me Feel,” are out now.
The actress, who earned an Oscar nod for her harrowing role as Chiron’s drug-addicted mother, has a blockbuster schedule on her hands. She’ll reprise her role as Moneypenny in the next James Bond film, co-star alongside Dwayne Johnson in the action adaptation Rampage, and will play a wolf in Andy Serkis’sJungle Book variation, Mowgli.
The young actor, who made his feature debut in Moonlight as Kevin, teen Chiron’s crush, can next be seen in the drama Monster, starring Jeffrey Wright and Jennifer Hudson, and First Match, a drama set to make its debut at South by Southwest.
Prepare to see Holland everywhere. The actor, who played the elegant and tender older version of Kevin in Moonlight (gifting us this indelible GIF), stars in the upcoming Stephen King Hulu series Castle Rock and in Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, which hits theaters on March 9. He’ll also likely be back on the awards circuit for Widows,Steve McQueen’s upcoming thriller starring Viola Davis, which is out on November 16.
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The Oscar-winning writer, who wrote the original play on which Moonlight was based and co-wrote the screenplay with Jenkins as well, has joined forces with Oprah Winfrey to pen a new series for her network, OWN. Details of the series, which will be co-produced by Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan, are still under wraps, though McCraney told Vanity Fair in November that, like Moonlight, it will be a drama about a young boy in Miami.
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Yohana DestaYohana Desta is a Hollywood writer for VanityFair.com.