An unpredictable Best Picture race came to a conclusion on Sunday night with the announcement of the 2019 award. “Green Book” proved victorious among eight nominees, joining the ranks of “The Shape of Water,” “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” and 87 other films.
Rhode Island native and former Massachusetts resident Peter Farrelly, who directed, co-produced, and co-wrote the film, as well as Peabody native Brian Currie, who co-produced and co-wrote it, were among the crew and cast members who accepted the award.
“The whole story is about love. It’s about loving each other despite our differences, and finding the truth about who we are,” Farrelly said in his acceptance speech. “We’re the same people.”
It was the third win of the night for “Green Book.” While the movie did not take home wins for Best Actor for Viggo Mortensen or Best Film Editing, Mahershala Ali won for Best Supporting Actor, and Currie, Farrelly, and co-producer and co-writer Nick Vallelonga also accepted the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
“I have a lot of people to thank, starting with the entire state of Rhode Island,” Farrelly said during that speech. “Thank you very much.”
“Green Book” has been the subject of several controversies this awards season, and many people made it known that they were not happy with the Academy’s decision to crown the movie Best Picture — both on social media and at the Oscars ceremony. The Associated Press reports that filmmaker Spike Lee was visibly upset after the Best Picture award was announced — getting up out of his seat and waving his hands in disgust — and that others in the audience declined to applaud.