Green Book wins best picture leaving many upset

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By D’Etta Farmer

At the 91st Academy Award on Sunday Green Book, the segregation-era- road trip drama seen by many as a feel-good throwback while others ridicule the movie as an outdated inversion of Driving Miss Daisy won best picture.

Among those highly and visibly upset over the win was Director Spike Lee whose Do The Right Thing came out the same year as Driving Miss Daisy won best picture. After the presenter of the award, Julia Roberts, announced the winner, Lee stood up, waved his hands in disgust and tried to leave the Dolby Theatre before returning. According to an article written on KRQE  by Jake Coyle, an AP film writer, many criticized this year’s Academy Awards agreeing that Hollywood had a chance of making history by presenting best picture to Netflix’s Roma or Marvel’s Black Panther.  Instead, the motion picture gave its fullest support to “a traditional interracial buddy take that proved as popular as it was divisive.”

As mentioned  by KRQE, Peter Farrelly, the filmmaker best known for many broad comedies such as Dumb and Dumber and  There’s Something About Mary, spoke about his newest creation saying, “the whole story is about love; it’s about loving each other despite the differences and finding out the truth about who we are. We are the same people.” While backstage, Lee clutched his glass of champagne and reflected on the 30 years between Driving Miss Daisy and Green Book,  going on to say, “I’m snake bit! Every time somebody’s driving somebody, I lose!”

However, Lee’s white supremacist drama BlacKkKlansman would go on to win for best-adapted screenplay an award Lee shares with three co-writers giving the ceremony the signature moment it needed. Many rose in a standing ovation, while Lee leaped into the arms of Samuel L. Jackson. “Let’s be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love and hate. Let’s do the right thing! You knew I had to get that in there,” said Lee after accepting the award.

Though Netflix’s Roma was able to give Netflix its most significant wins at this years Oscars, Green Book denied the film and streaming giant the best picture win both deserved. To some Netflix remains a contentious force in Hollywood, because it bypasses theaters.  However, could movies like Greenbook continue to take the attention away from movies made by Netflix? Could this have an effect on what wins awards at the Oscars and leave many more people upset?

Do people still care about what wins and what loses at the Oscars anymore?