'Moonlight' Director Jenkins Says Oscar 'Nominations This Year Reflect the World I Live In'

A very diverse class comes a year after #OscarsSoWhite.

— -- With "Moonlight," "Hidden Figures," "Fences" and more cleaning up today in the announcement of 2017 Oscar nominations, a lot has changed a year after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

"Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins spoke to ABC News right after his film earned eight nods, including best picture, best directing, best supporting actor and best supporting actress.

Jenkins has been busy spreading the word of his film in France, Germany and "trying to push the movie to as many cultures as possible."

The film, starring the likes of Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, who both earned nods this morning, is a coming of age story, which "chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami," according to the official synopsis.

Jenkins gives the academy credit for recognizing a film like "Moonlight" this year after last year's lack of diversity among the nominees. No actor of color was nominated last year.

Jenkins does plan to turn his phone on later today and call the rest of the cast. Then, he'll finally celebrate.

"I imagine once I turn my phone, on it's going to explode. So I'm keeping it off, 'cause there's work to be done," he said. "I'll have a glass of Champagne ... then I will call everybody."