- Was a running back on his high school football team.
- Once worked as an assistant to director Darnell Martin.
- Made his feature debut, Medicine for the Melancholy (2008), using a $13,000 loan from a friend.
- Started a production company, Strike Anywhere, focusing on commercials and other branded content.
- Despite growing up in the same neighborhood and attending the same school as playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, author of work on which Moonlight is based, the two didn't meet until they were adults.
- 2017, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Winner
- 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
- 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Nominee
- 2017, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2016, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
- 2018, Guldbagge Award — Best Foreign Movie: Nominee
- 2018, Bodil Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
- 2017, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2016, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
- 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Someone to Watch Award: Nominee
- 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Nominee
- 2017, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
- 2017, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Winner
- 2017, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
- 2017, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
- 2016, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
- Alcene — Mother
- Barry Moore Fickerling — Father
- Kimberly — Sister
- Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States (BFA, 2003)