The Peter Farrelly directed film Green Book has taken home the coveted ‘Best Film’ award at the 2019 Oscars ceremony.
In a somewhat surprising result, the film managed to see off competition from The Favourite, A Star is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Vice, Black Panther and Roma
The film is a biographical comedy-drama film set in 1962 and is inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), an Italian-American bouncer who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard.
Director Farrelly, best known for wacky comedies such as There’s Something About Mary and Dumb & Dumber, has hit his stride with this touching, reality-based story. “The whole story is about love,” Peter Farrelly said during the acceptance speech.
The film also saw Mahershala Ali win the Best Supporting Actor category. Far Out described Ali’s work as “a brilliant, subtle performance that allows glimpses of Don Shirley’s pain and ambiguity to quietly show through his careful reserve,” in the four star review.