Oscars 2019: Green Book's Best Picture win draws social media backlash
25 February 2019, 13:54 | Updated: 25 February 2019, 14:16
This year's Best Picture winner at the 2019 Oscars was Green Book and people had lots of THOUGHTS about that–including Spike Lee.
Green Book won Best Picture at The Oscars on Sunday February 24. The film starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen is about acclaimed African American pianist, Dr. Shirley, who hires a white driver, Tony Lip, to accompany him on a tour through the deep south. Green Book also counts Octavia Spencer as a producer on the film.
Green Book nabbed The Academy's highest honours as well as a best supporting actor win for Mahershala Ali. Despite earning accolades from The Academy, the internet has not reacted favourably to the film's win, with Justin Chang of The LA Times calling it "the worst best picture Oscar winner since Crash."
Green Book has attracted controversy, especially with regards to Dr. Shirley's family disavowing of the film.
The internet had a lot of feelings when Green Book was announced as the Best Picture winner.
everyone in the dolby theater hearing that green book won BP until the camera panned to them pic.twitter.com/1O25eBU1Jn— winnie the pooh warrior (@kenobarnes) February 25, 2019
real footage of the academy awarding Best Picture to Green Book pic.twitter.com/yqJD3EA0zz— rosemilk (@rose_milk_) February 25, 2019
Mahershala winning best *suppprting* actor in a film supposedly about his character Don Shirley tells you all you need to know about Green Book.— marcus (@marcusjdl) February 25, 2019
Green Book has been called a "white saviour" film by some critics who believe the film portrays Viggo Mortensen's character as the hero in a feature meant be about the prejudice that Don Shirley faced as a black musician.
The #Oscars loves to award white savior movies like Green Book Best Picture.— zellie (@zellieimani) February 25, 2019
People were living for BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee's reaction to Green Book's best picture win.
Report: So, what are you thoughts about Green Book?— Brandi Knows Karl Lagerfeld Stole That Cat 😾 (@ItsTheBrandi) February 25, 2019
Spike Lee: pic.twitter.com/cQK0qAVpCb
Sam L. Jackson giving an Oscar to Green Book vs. SAM L. JACKSON giving an Oscar to Spike Lee. pic.twitter.com/aX4f3azscW— Firas (@Aldo7heApache) February 25, 2019
When asked what he thought about Green Book's win, BlackKklansman director Spike Lee remarked "I thought I was courtside at the [Madison Square] Garden, and the ref made a bad call.”
And, obviously, the optics of the win were... interesting.
Can’t stop looking at the group of people collecting the Best Picture Oscar for Green Book, a film about racism in the South. pic.twitter.com/4NBNit588I— Freddie Campion (@FreddieCampion) February 25, 2019
Some people just wanted justice for Black Panther.
me stealing the oscar for best picture from green book to give to black panther pic.twitter.com/uxNak5liL6— dest (@lgbtcalvary) February 25, 2019
In the same Best Picture category as Green Book were Roma, The Favourite, BlackKklansman, Vice, A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody and Black Panther.