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The Green Book Wins This Year's Oscar For Best Picture

Claire Reid

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The Green Book Wins This Year's Oscar For Best Picture

The Green Book has won this year's Oscar for Best Picture.

The flick faced strong competition from A Star is Born, Vice, Bohemian Rhapsody, Roma, BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite and Black Panther.

The film is based on a real-life story of a road trip through America's deep south in the 1960s.

Green Book won Best Picture at the Oscars. Credit: PA
Green Book won Best Picture at the Oscars. Credit: PA

In the acceptance speech, director Peter Farrelly said: "It's about loving each other despite our differences and finding out who we are, we're the same people."

He then paid a touching tribute to his late sister, adding: "I'd like to thank my sister Cathy. She died a week before we started filming this, but she never left my side."

Producer Charles B. Wessler wrapped up the speech by dedicating the award to the late Star Wars actor Carrie Fisher.

Green Book was a bit of a surprise win, with bookies backing Roma or The Favourite to pick up the Best Picture award in the run up to tonight's awards.

But it looks as though the Oscars' judging panel had different ideas, and the movie wasn't just a hit at the Oscars, it had already picked up a Golden Globe and won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival.

Earlier in the evening, Mahershala Ali picked up the Best Supporting Actor gong for his role in the film and the film's lead actor Viggo Mortensen was nominated for the Best Actor award, losing out to Rami Malek.

Being awarded with his Best Supporting Actor award, Ali took time to thank his nan, saying she had "been in my ear my entire life, telling me if I don't at first succeed, try, try again ... always pushing me to think positively. She has got me over the hump every step of the way." Tonight's win makes Ali the first black man to win the Best Supporting Actor award twice.

Green Book was also nominated, and won, Best Original Screenplay.

Topics: TV and Film, Academy Award

Claire Reid
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