Green Book is no masterpiece, but here's why it won Best Picture
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Green Book is no masterpiece, but here’s why it won Best Picture

Of all the 2019 Oscar upsets, the one that has caused the greatest shock, teeth-gnashing and Twitter apoplexy has been giving Best Picture to a solidly acted, middle-brow drama with an uplifting message and nice cinematography. 

But is it really a surprise Green Book would carry the day at the Academy Awards? Consider the competition: Roma (a foreign language Trojan horse for barbarians-at-the-gate Netflix), The Favourite (sexually transgressive arthouse romp), Black Panther (a superhero film with horrendous special effects) or Bohemian Rhapsody (terrible biopic about a terrible band – yes we’ve just said that out loud). 

Consider, too, how faithfully the Mahershala Ali / Viggo Mortensen two-hander…

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