The Oscars nomination for the film “Green Book” was already surrounded by controversy, so its win for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture was a shocking move by the Academy.
A film based on the friendship between African-American classical pianist Donald Shirley (Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali) and his Italian-American driver, Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), Green Book has been accused of stretching the facts and promoting a harmful “white savior” narrative. Not to mention, its director, Peter Farrelly, was known for flashing his penis on set of his past films as a joke, something which he has since apologized for.
The film overall is understandably seen as problematic, and netizens are visibly dismayed over the news of its win on Twitter.
Samuel L. Jackson's reaction to Green Book winning Best Screenplay is all of our reactions. pic.twitter.com/p8bI70JhBd
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) February 25, 2019
You know. Awards are subjective but it is deeply fucked up at Green Book won best screenplay.
— roxane gay (@rgay) February 25, 2019
— Carrol Jo Bummer (@carolineavenue) February 25, 2019
green book pic.twitter.com/7Wm7mUrbs2
— lara (@swwtcreature) February 25, 2019
Do you think the award is justified, or are you with the netizens who see this win as undeserved? Let us know in the comments section below.
Photo courtesy of Green Book’s Instagram account
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