Ashton Sanders

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Ashton Sanders
Born Ashton Durrand Sanders[1]
(1995-10-24) October 24, 1995 (age 21)
Carson, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2013–present

Ashton Durrand Sanders (born October 24, 1995)[2] is an American actor, best known for his roles in the films The Retrieval (2013) and Moonlight (2016).


Sanders made his film debut in The Retrieval, directed by Chris Eska,[3] the film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2013.[4] It was released in a limited release on April 2, 2014 by Variance Films.[5][6]

In 2015, Sanders had a small role in Straight Outta Compton;[7] in 2016, he appeared in an episode of Refinery29's online web series The Skinny.[8]

The same year, Sanders appeared in the drama film Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins,[9] the film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016, and began a limited release on October 21, 2016 by A24.[10][11] Moonlight received massive critical acclaim as well dozens of accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture – Drama.[12] The film also won three Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali.[13]

Sanders was studying towards a BFA in Acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University, before recently dropping out to focus on his acting career.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Retrieval Will
2015 Straight Outta Compton Kid
2016 Moonlight Teen Chiron Austin Film Critics Association Special Honorary Award for Best Ensemble
Gotham Special Jury Award – Ensemble Performance
Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2016 We Home Javan Short film
2016 The Last Virgin in LA Josh Short film
2018 Captive State Filming
2018 The Equalizer 2 Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2016 The Skinny Tyler Episode: "Squad"


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  2. ^ Robehmed, Natalie (January 6, 2017). "Meet Ashton Sanders, Star Of 'Moonlight' And 30 Under 30 Honoree". Forbes. 
  3. ^ Harris, Brandon (April 3, 2014). "Battle Cry: Chris Eska on The Retrieval". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Retrieval". South by Southwest. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (February 13, 2014). "SXSW Winner 'The Retrieval' Gets US Distribution". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Retrieval". Apple Trailers. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  7. ^ Phillips, Michael (September 15, 2016). "'Moonlight' reveals struggles of a young African-American man". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Skinny". Refinery29. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (October 21, 2015). "Naomie Harris, Andre Holland, Mahershala Ali to Star in 'Moonlight'". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ Hammond, Pete (September 1, 2016). "Telluride Film Festival Lineup: 'Sully', 'La La Land', 'Arrival', 'Bleed For This' & More". Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  11. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 28, 2016). "A24 Sets Dates For 'Moonlight' & Cannes Jury Prize Winner 'American Honey'". Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  12. ^ Berman, Eliza. "'Moonlight' Wins Golden Globe for Best Picture, Drama". Time. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  13. ^ Opam, Kwame (January 24, 2017). "Oscar nominations 2017: Moonlight and La La Land will go head-to-head at the Academy Awards". The Verge. Retrieved February 5, 2017. 
  14. ^ Cuby, Michael. ""Moonlight"'s Ashton Sanders Opens Up About Being Bullied". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 

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