‘Green Book’ wins Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars

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‘Green Book’ wins Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars

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'Green Book' takes it.
‘Green Book’ takes it.

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And the night’s big winner is … Green Book

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The Peter Farrelly-directed drama took home Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards, after taking Best Supporting Actor (for Mahershala Ali) and Best Original Screenplay (for Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, and Farrelly) earlier in the night.

Green Book had also been nominated for Best Actor (for Viggo Mortensen) and Best Film Editing, but lost out to Bohemian Rhapsody in both categories.

The film follows a white chauffeur (Mortensen) hired to drive a black pianist, Don Shirley (Ali), on his tour through the Midwest and Deep South. It is based on the real experiences of Vallelonga’s father, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga, who was the driver. 

Though it’s earned some strong positive buzz throughout its release and awards campaign, Green Book has also been criticized for its over-simplistic portrayal of race relations. The Shirley family, which was not consulted for the movie, has also criticized the film as inaccurate. 

Still, those controversies haven’t impeded Green Book’s journey through awards season. In addition to the three Oscars it won tonight, the movie has also won three Golden Globes, a BAFTA, and a SAG Award.

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