Here's What You Need to Know About the Controversies Surrounding Green Book

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When Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, one of the more controversial films of the year was heavily represented. Green Book, the feel-good drama about a black pianist and his white driver in the 1960s deep South, received several major nominations, including nods for stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, as well as a best picture nom.

While the story of interracial friendship in the civil rights era might seem like a typical movie, Green Book has been dogged by controversy since its release. Below, we're breaking down why the award season favorite is not such a favorite in many circles.

(Not) Based on a True Story

Green Book claims to be based heavily on a true story. Cowriter Nick Vallelonga's father, Tony "Lip" Vallelonga, was the white driver (played by Mortensen) who was assigned to escort concert pianist Dr. Don Shirley through his tour in the South,
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Here's What You Need to Know About the Controversies Surrounding Green Book

Image Source: Everett Collection

When Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, one of the more controversial films of the year was heavily represented. Green Book, the feel-good drama about a black pianist and his white driver in the 1960s deep South, received several major nominations, including nods for stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, as well as a best picture nom.

While the story of interracial friendship in the civil rights era might seem like a typical movie, Green Book has been dogged by controversy since its release. Below, we're breaking down why the award season favorite is not such a favorite in many circles.

(Not) Based on a True Story

Green Book claims to be based heavily on a true story. Cowriter Nick Vallelonga's father, Tony "Lip" Vallelonga, was the white driver (played by Mortensen) who was assigned to escort concert pianist Dr. Don Shirley through his tour in the South,
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Oscars 2019 Poll: Who Should Win the Top Academy Awards This Year?

After weeks of anxious Hollywood campaigns — and false alarms about a new category — this week we finally got the slate for who will be up for accolades at the 91st Academy Awards, set to take place February 24th. Of course, there’s always some annoying snubs and oversights, but here’s your chance to vote on who you think should take home the top prizes in our poll.

Roma, Green Book and A Star Is Born will compete for multiple Oscars, including Best Picture. And the Best Picture category will also feature Black Panther,
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Will Oscar-shunned performers Emily Blunt, Timothee Chalamet, etc. get revenge at 2019 Gold Derby Awards? [Vote Now]

Will Oscar-shunned performers Emily Blunt, Timothee Chalamet, etc. get revenge at 2019 Gold Derby Awards? [Vote Now]
What do Emily Blunt, John David Washington, Margot Robbie and Timothee Chalamet all have in common? Despite being nominated at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards, they were cruelly snubbed at the Oscars on Tuesday. If you’re frustrated that your favorites were shunned by Oscar, then it’s time to let them know by casting your own votes for the 2019 Gold Derby Film Awards.

SEEGold Derby Film Awards 2019: Vote now for the nominees!

Of course, our awards are the ones that really matter because they’re bestowed by folks like you who truly know their stuff. Gold Derby Awards wins and nominations are now even a part of each contender’s awards history at IMDb. You have until Saturday, January 27 to vote in all 22 film categories — everything from Best Picture to Best Animated Feature to Best Ensemble. As of this writing more than 2,000 Gold Derby readers have cast their votes for the 2019 film awards,
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Oscars 2019: Nominations in all 24 categories

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Omg! Wtf! Where did that come from? Such was the refrain echoing throughout Hollywood as the Oscar nominations were announced at the crack of dawn on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. What films and performances made the cut with the Academy? Tour through our photo gallery above to see the contenders in all 24 categories.

The 91st Oscars will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Here is the complete list of nominations:

Best Picture

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice

Best Director

Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War

Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite

Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma

Adam McKay, “Vice

Best Actor

Christian Bale, “Vice

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book

Best Actress

Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma

Glenn Close, “The Wife

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite

Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy,
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‘True Detective’ helped Matthew McConaughey win an Oscar, so is Mahershala Ali next?

The first season of HBO’s crime series “True Detective” arguably helped Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) win an Oscar in 2013, as the well-reviewed program aired smack-dab in the middle of Academy Awards voting. Now that Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) has taken the reigns as the Season 3 lead of the paycaster’s limited series, will he now follow in McConaughey’s Oscar-winning footsteps?

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McConaughey’s ascension from surfer dude to Oscar champ may not have happened without his critically acclaimed TV role as Detective Rustin “Rust” Cohle. His first major television performance, which later scored nominations at the Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG Awards, kept him top of mind as academy members began marking their ballots. “True Detective” aired for eight episodes in January-March of 2014, with phase two of Oscar voting taking place February 14-25 of that year.
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From Emma Stone to Rami Malek: Check Out the Early TV Work of This Year’s Oscar Nominees

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From Emma Stone to Rami Malek: Check Out the Early TV Work of This Year’s Oscar Nominees
Every actor gets their start somewhere, and more often than not it’s television. Today’s sitcom guest star can be tomorrow’s award-winning actor, thanks to the blend of fate, luck, and talent that helped them ascend to the highest industry recognition. Here’s a look at early work of all the acting nominees — except for Best Actress candidate Yalitza Aparicio, for whom “Roma” was her first acting job.

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Lead Actor Christian Bale

Nominated for “Vice

Ignore the commentary over the clip above to witness Bale in one of his earliest on-screen appearances, screaming in the 1987 BBC miniseries “Heart of the Country.” Later that year, “Empire of the Sun” would make him into a rising child star.

Bradley Cooper

Nominated for “A Star Is Born

It would be easy to spotlight Cooper’s two seasons as a series regular on J.J. Abrams’ “Alias,” but it’s hard to
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Can ‘Green Book’ overcome Oscar bias against feel-good movies?

Can ‘Green Book’ overcome Oscar bias against feel-good movies?
Now that we’re over the shock of “Green Book” winning the Producers Guild Award on Jan. 19 and the aftershock of director Peter Farrelly not getting an Oscar nomination for directing it, what are its chances of scoring the big prize next month?

Looking back at the academy’s history with pure “feel-good” movies, which “Green Book” is, the answer is. . .not great.

That PGA win, following a Directors Guild nomination for Farrelly, made “Green Book” the race’s front-runner for all of two days, but now, with just five nominations to 10 each for “Roma” and “The Favourite” and eight each for “A Star is Born” and “Vice,” it’s a dark horse.

We’ll never know if the Farrelly snub is due to revelations that he’d had a habit of flashing his junk at crew and cast members years ago, but even in those pre-Me Too dark ages,
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‘Green Book’ Lands Post-Oscars Theatrical Release in China

‘Green Book’ Lands Post-Oscars Theatrical Release in China
Fresh off the news that it had picked up five Academy Award nominations, best-picture nominee “Green Book” is set for more good fortune. The film will hit Chinese theaters on March 1, the first weekend after the Oscars on Feb. 24, Alibaba Pictures announced on its official social media account.

The film will open in China more than three months after its Nov. 21 U.S. release, which means that tech-savvy Chinese viewers have plenty of time to see it illegally online. But awards-season glory could give “Green Book” a box office boost. A Chinese-language poster circulating online prominently features the Oscar nods, with a picture of a statuette and the list of nominations taking up more space than even the film’s title.

Alibaba Pictures recently confirmed that it had invested in the movie, and has been talking up its involvement since earlier this month. Alibaba owns the major ticketing platform Tao Piaopiao,
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91st Academy Awards Nominations Announced

Actor-comedian and Oscar-nominated writer Kumail Nanjiani and actress–producer–director Tracee Ellis Ross announced the 91st Oscars® nominations today (January 22), live from the Academy’s headquarters in Beverly Hills via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed, and broadcast media.

Nanjiani and Ross announced the nominees in 9 categories at 5:20 a.m. Pt, and the remaining 15 categories at 5:30 a.m. Pt. For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Oscars website, www.oscar.com.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to
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Viggo Mortensen Reflects On The Twists & Turns Of His ‘Green Book’ Journey As He Preps His Directorial Debut

Viggo Mortensen Reflects On The Twists & Turns Of His ‘Green Book’ Journey As He Preps His Directorial Debut
Exclusive: “I didn’t sleep much last night,” Viggo Mortensen admits. “The building I’m in, the pipes burst on the top floor, and it was like a river of water coming down the stairways. It was insane, so we all had to leave the building, and I spent part of the night outside.”

Out in cold, snowy Toronto, Mortensen managed to get a few hours of rest before returning to work. Currently in pre-production on Falling—his feature directing debut, which will go before cameras by the first week of March—Morten’s morning was brightened by the news of his latest Oscar nomination for Green Book, and the overall success of the film.

Directed by Peter Farrelly from a script written with Nick Vallelonga and Brian Hayes Currie, the Universal release tells the poignant and pertinent true story of the unlikeliest of friendships. When Vallelonga’s father, Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip,
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Flu, jet-lag, 'over the moon': Oscar nominees react

91st Academy Award ceremony to take place on February 24.

The Favourite’s producers from Element Films were wide-eyed and jet-lagged, while Minding The Gap documentary director Bing Liu has been bed-ridden with the flu. Yet all that was put to one side when they learned of their Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning (22).

Willem Dafoe said he was “over the moon” for his recognition as Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate, and Roma star Yalitza Aparicio thanked the Academy for helping ”those of us who feel invisible be seen.”

The nominees for the 91st Academy Award share their reactions below.
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Oscar Nominations 2019: Top Oscar Contenders React to Their Nominations

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Oscar Nominations 2019: Top Oscar Contenders React to Their Nominations
Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” led Tuesday morning’s Oscar nominations with 10 nods each, including Best Picture. Nominees in various categories below shared their reactions with TheWrap.

“I guess there are words you just don’t expect hearing in your life and one is that you’ve been nominated for an Oscar. It’s an emotional moment,” said Rami Malek, who was nominated for Best Actor for his work in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

“Wow, wow, wow. The word I keep coming back to is proud. Proud of our cast and crew with all the work we put into this amazing, yet still timely story. I’m grateful to Barry Jenkins for creating this beautiful role out of the great James Baldwin’s words. Collaborating with Barry has been a highlight of my career and this recognition is icing on the cake! And thank you to The Academy,
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Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Leads Best Picture Nominees to Near-Record Box Office Grosses

Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Leads Best Picture Nominees to Near-Record Box Office Grosses
This year’s Academy Award nominees proved the Oscars don’t need a popular film category to recognize movies with huge box office grosses. The 2019 crop of best picture hopefuls have generated an impressive $1.26 billion so far in North America alone.

That bounty is led by “Black Panther,” which earned a sensational $700 million at the domestic box office. “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” both contributed in a big way with $202 million and $205 million, respectively in the States. “BlacKkKlansman,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” and “Vice” have combined for another $153 million. There is one glaring omission from this year’s best picture hopefuls — Netflix hasn’t reported any theatrical grosses for Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.”

Even so, the current tally for the eight best picture nominees dwarfs the total from last year’s nine contenders, which carried the ignominious distinction as having the lowest grosses in six years. This year
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Will ‘Green Book’ Get a Big Box Office Bump From Its Oscar Noms?

Will ‘Green Book’ Get a Big Box Office Bump From Its Oscar Noms?
Of all of this year’s Oscar contenders, “Green Book” has gone through the most turbulent path to its Best Picture nomination with plenty of awards wins and embarrassing headlines. Now that it has earned five Academy Award nominations, could it see a big box office bounce between now and Oscar Sunday?

Despite all of the news surrounding “Green Book,” the film itself has largely been a crowd-pleaser for moviegoers, even if it has set a slow pace on the box office charts.

After winning the audience prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie earned a strong A from CinemaScore audience polls when it opened on Thanksgiving weekend. The five-day wide opening was fairly tepid at around $7 million from 1,063 screens, but the weekend totals since then have never dipped below $1 million, giving “Green Book” a running domestic total of $42.7 million against a $23 million production budget.

Also Read: Oscar Nominations by the Numbers: Disney,
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Rami Malek on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Oscar Noms: ‘I’m on Cloud Nine’

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Rami Malek on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Oscar Noms: ‘I’m on Cloud Nine’
Rami Malek has had quite the awards season run with his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” But now, with the film landing five Oscar nominations including one for Best Actor, Malek says that he’s “on cloud nine.”

“I didn’t know [the nominations were] today, but I had a feeling it might be,” Malek told TheWrap following his nomination announcement. “I’m in Paris so I’m ahead of schedule, so I didn’t have to wake up that early. It’s everything you expect it to be — I’m walking on cloud nine. It felt otherworldly. It was snowing outside, so it already felt magical, and the nomination just added to it.”

Malek doesn’t know who he will be taking to the Academy Awards, although he imagines that the entire cast will be there given how close they grew during the making of the film.

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The Complete List of Oscar Nominees

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The complete list of nominees for the 91st Academy Awards was announced early Tuesday morning, with Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross hosting. The list is led by a slew of well-deserved nominations for The Favourite (10) and Rome (10). Here is the complete list of Oscar nominations.

Every year, it seems as if films just get better and better, with actors, actresses, directors, and crewmembers raising the bar to extraordinary new heights. For over 90 years, the Academy Awards has been the main source of accommodating those achievements with their illustrious golden statue and the prestige of being known as an "Academy Award-winner". For some, though, just being nominated is a special accolade, in and of itself.

Here is the complete list of Oscar nominations for the 91st Academy Awards.

Best Picture:

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice

Lead Actor:

Christian Bale, “Vice

Bradley Cooper,
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Mahershala Ali, Hugh Jackman, Timothée Chalamet & More Talk The “Blue-Collar” Aspects of Acting

With Oscar nominations finally announced, The Hollywood Reporter continues their great run of award roundtable conversations, having just released their full actors roundtable. The talk includes actors Hugh Jackman (“The Front Runner”), Timothée Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”), Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?“), Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”), Chadwick Boseman (“Black Panther”), and Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”).

Continue reading Mahershala Ali, Hugh Jackman, Timothée Chalamet & More Talk The “Blue-Collar” Aspects of Acting at The Playlist.
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From Spike Lee to Alfonso Cuarón: Why #OscarsSoWhite May Take a Break in 2019

Oscar viewership sank to record lows last year, but diversity among its 2019 nominees could provide the Academy Awards celebration with a much-needed ratings jolt. Inclusion sells: A 2015 Nielsen report found that the more diverse the major-category nominees, the larger the audience.

In the past, there was less the Academy could do to influence that income; it’s hard to vote on movies that haven’t been made. This year, however, there are indications that the Hollywood pipeline has responded to the demands of April Reign’s 2015 hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. (It may not be coincidental that four years is also a rough estimate of the time required for a film to move from inception to awards consideration.)

Read More: Oscars 2019 Shut Out Female Filmmakers in Best Director and Best Picture Races

At the risk of damning with faint praise, this year’s nominees may represent the most diverse in Academy history — enough
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What Do You Think About The 2019 Oscar Nominations? Will You Even Be Watching This Year?

I’ve enjoyed watching the Academy Awards since I was a kid. They were always a lot of fun to watch! As I got older I hosted several Oscar parties, would attend others, and it would just be good entertainment that celebrated great movies and great filmmaking.

Unfortunately, in recent years, the award ceremony has started to lose the fun and entertaining aspect that I loved about it so much. It used to have class, but now it’s just a place for famous people to make political statements.

Don’t get me wrong, they have every right to do so. But, politics is not fun for me. I go to the movies to escape real life. I go to lose myself in these worlds in the stories that filmmakers tell. I just don’t need an extra dose of depressing politics. I get enough of that every day on Facebook and Twitter.
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