Mahershala Ali takes supporting actor Oscar for 'Green Book'

26 February, 2019, 05:22 | Author: Eloise Houston
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The film was inspired by the real life friendship between Shirley, a pianist, and his driver Tony Vallelonga, who formed a bond during a tour of America's Deep South in 1962.

Green Book walked away with top honours at the 91st Academy Awards and the reaction has overshadowed just about everything else.

Co-writers and producers Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie told The Associated Press at the Governors Ball following Sunday's awards that it was an honor to win in a year with so many great films. The name is derived from a publication that helped African-Americans find establishments that would serve them in the segregated South. "They had seemly nothing in common, and they found common ground to survive this trip".

In a year where films like Spike Lee's BlackKklansman and Marvel's Black Panther championed black storytellers, creators, and experiences, Green Book felt wholly like a white perspective on black experiences.

As Ali later shared in a story with St. Mary's, Ali took part in in the play Spunk as a senior and became an apprentice at the California Shakespeare Festival.

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"We know what the truth is", Vallelonga said. He told me the story that he wanted to tell, he protected his private life and all the other things about him.

Oscar voters, however, seemed to ignore critics who panned the film for containing racial tropes and barely discussing its source material, Victor H. Green's "The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide".

Ali is one of eight to win Best Supporting Actor at least twice. Seated in the audience, Lee waved his hands in disgust and appeared to try to walk out of the Dolby Theatre. The win made him the first actor in 24 years to receive multiple acting Oscars in two years or less in any category.

As Lee said in a 2015 interview with the Daily Beast, "Nobody's talking about motherfuckin' Driving Miss Daisy [anymore] That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like Do the Right Thing is".

Amatus had to skip the Oscars back in 2017 when Mahershala won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in Moonlight because she had just given birth to their daughter Bari a few days before the ceremony!


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