The actor says attacks on the Best Picture winner were "unreasonable" as well as "inaccurate, mendacious and irresponsible."
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One of the producers behind the Oscar-winning but divisive “Green Book” defended the film from criticism over how they told the story, arguing that it was actually aimed towards an older white audience.“The audience for that kind of movie is largely older and largely white,” said Jonathan King, president of narrative film and television at Participant Media. “If you believe that older white people don’t need to be told to be less racist anymore because that’s an issue from the past, look around. Because they do.”King was speaking on a panel about diversity and inclusion during the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday.“Occasionally you need to make a movie that is directed at older white people,” he added.Also Read: Why the 'Green Book' Oscar Victory Has Divided HollywoodAlthough it won Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, “Green Book” drew criticism mainly for telling a story about an African-American through the perspective of a white person. In the film, classical pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) is driven through the Jim Crow-era South by his white chauffeur, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortenson).Spike Lee, whose “BlacKkKlansman” lost to Peter Farrelly’s film for Best Picture, made headlines for being visibly upset about the film getting the honor. Asked about his reaction to the “Green Book” win, Lee said “I thought it was courtside at the Garden and the ref made a bad call.”“Are we going to get criticism because the director happens to be a white guy? Maybe,” King continued. “No director would represent the lives and lived experiences of those two main characters, because they were coming from completely different points of view.” King added that “many companies did not want to finance that movie” because it was believed it would not do well internationally.Bad Robot co-CEO Katie McGrath, who was also on the panel, responded to King, arguing that these stories need to be told more from the vantage point of the person of color.“Those stories have to be told as long as we’re also telling stories of the protagonist of color,” she said. “We need to make space in our industry for stories that center for the people who haven’t had the opportunity to have their perspective drive the narrative.”Read original story ‘Green Book’ Producer Says Film Was Aimed at Older White Audiences At TheWrap
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The choice of Peter Farrelly's period drama "Green Book" as this year's Best Picture in the eight-film Oscars race has provoked considerable controversy.
A lot of people were not happy that “Green Book” ended up the surprise Best Picture winner at the 2019 Oscars, and expressed themselves through a meme that imagined the film as a casual racist who doesn’t realize he’s racist.Within moments of the win, “BlacKkKlansman” director Spike Lee tried to leave the Dolby theater in protest, (he later criticized the decision in a post-show interview), while Los Angeles Times film critic Justin Chang declared it to be “the worst best picture winner since ‘Crash.'” The Twitter meme had some users comparing “Green Book” to racist white people who think they’re open-minded and well-meaning.It started with NBC reporter Alex Seitz-Wald, who joked that “Some of Green Book’s best friends are black movies.”Also Read: Spike Lee Gets 'Driving Miss Daisy' Deja Vu From 'Green Book' Win: 'Ref Made a Bad Call'“Green Book says there are good people on both sides,” one user said.“Green Book is concerned about White Working Class Voters,” said another.“Green Book doesn’t see color. ‘Just call me book,'” joked another.And yep, there were plenty of jokes referencing Jordan Peel’s acclaimed horror-satire “Get Out.”Also Read: Top Critics Vent as 'Green Book' Tops Oscars; LA Times Critic Calls It Worst Best Picture Winner Since 'Crash'Long before its Oscars win, “Green Book” experienced a significant backlash. Some slammed it for making a white man the main character of a story drawn from black history. The family of Dr. Don Shirley, played in the film by Mahershala Ali in an Oscar-winning performance, called it a “symphony of lies.” And the filmmakers were criticized for not consulting Shirley’s family — though they insist they were following instructions from Shirley himself, who died in 2013.Fans of the film found it to be an inspiring story of overcoming bigotry and stereotypes, and applauded the interaction between the leads.See more of what viewers had to say on Twitter below:Green Book says there are good people on both sides.— Melinna B (@MelinnaTeatrina) February 25, 2019Green Book is going to stop trying to help if people keep being so unappreciative.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) February 25, 2019Green Book is concerned about White Working Class Voters.— ????Man On Fire???? (@Unseen17) February 25, 2019Green Book pulled itself up by its bootstraps and put in the work. Nobody ever gave Green Book anything.— Tom and Gerrymandered (@tghoneycutt) February 25, 2019Green Book doesn’t see color. “Just call me book.”— Dee2???????????????? (@deedeeflagg) February 25, 2019Green Book just pinned a really powerful Martin Luther King quote on Pinterest.— Cynthia McCabe (@crkmccabe) February 25, 2019Green Book wants folks to know that all movies matter.— JayDee_JD (@JayDee_JayDee2) February 25, 2019Green Book just felt economically disenfranchised.— Courtenay Hameister (@Wisenheimer) February 25, 2019Green Book Yoga pic.twitter.com/4okZaARK2d— Anna M (@AnnaM11978685) February 25, 2019And here are some of those “Get Out’ jokes:Green Book would have voted for Obama for a third term if it could. pic.twitter.com/THSxLme1MX— Ryan Sons (@RyanSons) February 25, 2019pic.twitter.com/YkaMDNmztL— VFX Soldier (@VFXSoldier) February 25, 2019Green Book would have voted for Obama a third time— Statistically Underperforming Instagram Child (@cliftonsutters) February 25, 2019Green Book thinks we live in a post racial society ????— Lil Extro Vert ????️????????✨♈️ (@CandaceA) February 25, 2019Damn Savage Since we here tho Green Book voted for Obama… twice— leroyP33 (@leroyp33) February 25, 2019Read original story Twitter Meme Turns ‘Green Book’ Into Well-Meaning But Racist White Person At TheWrap
The film has been criticized as a "white savior" movie, while its director and writer have also been embroiled in controversies.
As the ascension of "Green Book" this year stirs comparisons, the writer of the much-debated Best Picture winner defends his work 30 years later.
Save for a pair of recent back-to-back discrepancies in "The Big Short" and "La La Land," the Producers Guild's Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Theatrical Motion Pictures has been a fairly reliable barometer for the annual Oscar season outcome. At least, ever since both the PGA and film Academy expanded their top categories, sharing the […]
The original screenplays for “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “Vice” and “Eighth Grade” have been nominated by the Writers Guild of America, which announced its nominations on Monday morning. In the adapted-screenplay category, the nominees were “BlacKkKlansman,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Among the most notable eligible screenplays not to be nominated are Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” and Josh Singer’s “First Man.” The nominations were made by members of the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East, separate but affiliated guilds that will stage simultaneous awards ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York on Feb. 17. Also Read: Stars Were Born at the Golden Globes - But They Sure Weren't the Ones We Expected In the documentary category, WGA voters went with docs that so far have not been receiving substantial awards attention: Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” Lauren Greenfield’s “Generation Wealth,” Ozzy Inguanzo and Dava Whisenant’s “Bathtubs Over Broadway” and Gabe Polsky’s “In Search of Greatness.” Unlike the other major Hollywood guilds, the Writers Guild restricts eligibility for its awards to screenplays written by its members or produced under the guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement or under the rules of several affiliated international guilds. As usual, this has disqualified a number of screenplays that will be eligible for the Oscars, including “The Favourite,” “The Death of Stalin,” “Leave No Trace,” “Cold War,” “The Rider,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “Hereditary,” “Capernaum,” “Isle of Dogs” and “Incredibles 2.” Because of the WGA’s more restrictive eligibility rules, its nominations are one of the least accurate of the major guilds in predicting Oscar nominations. Over the last decade, about two thirds of the Writers Guild nominees have gone on to receive Oscar nominations in the screenwriting categories. Last year, nine of the 10 WGA nominees were recognized by Oscar voters, tying with four different years in the 1990s as the largest such correlation ever between the two awards. Also Read: Fired 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Director Bryan Singer Thanks HFPA for Film's Big Golden Globes Win The Writers Guild Awards nominees: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY “Eighth Grade,” Written by Bo Burnham; A24 “Green Book,” Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly; Universal Pictures “A Quiet Place,” Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck; Paramount Pictures “Roma,” Written by Alfonso Cuarón; Netflix “Vice,” Written by Adam McKay; Annapurna Pictures ADAPTED SCREENPLAY “Blackkklansman,” Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, Based on the book by Ron Stallworth; Focus Features “Black Panther,” Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Based on the book by Lee Israel; Fox Searchlight “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Based on the novel by James Baldwin; Annapurna Pictures “A Star Is Born,” Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, Based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, Based on a story by William Wellman and Robert Carson; Warner Bros. DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” Written by Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant; Focus Features “Fahrenheit 11/9,” Written by Michael Moore; Briarcliff Entertainment “Generation Wealth,” Written by Lauren Greenfield; Amazon Studios “In Search of Greatness,” Written by Gabe Polsky; Art of Sport VIDEOGAME WRITING “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey,” Associate Narrative Directors Matthew Zagurak, Joel Janisse, James Richard Mittag; Narrative Director Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jonathan Dumont, Melissa MacCoubrey, Hugo Giard; Scriptwriters Madeleine Hart, Betty Robertson, Jesse Scoble, Diana Sherman, Kelly Bender, Jojo Chia, Ian Fun, Zachary M. Parris, Ken Williamson, Daniel Bingham, Jordan Lemos, Simon Mackenzie, Katelyn MacMullin, Susan Patrick, Alissa Ralph, Stephen Rhodes; Team Lead Writer Sam Gill; AI Writers Jonathan Flieger, Kimberly Ann Sparks; Ubisoft Quebec “Batman: The Enemy Within,” Episode 5-Same Stitch, Lead Writer James Windeler; Written by Meghan Thornton, Ross Beeley, Lauren Mee; Story by Meghan Thornton, Michael Kirkbride; Telltale Games “God of War,” Written by Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog; Story and Narrative Design Lead Matt Sophos; Story and Narrative Design Richard Zangrande Gaubert; Narrative Design Orion Walker, Adam Dolin; Sony Interactive Entertainment “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Story Lead Jon Paquette; Writers Benjamin Arfmann, Kelsey Beachum; Co-Written by Christos Gage; Additional Story Contributions by Dan Slott; Insomniac Games & Sony Interactive Entertainment “Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire,” Narrative Designers Alex Scokel, Eric Fenstermaker, Kate Dollarhyde, Megan Starks, Olivia Veras, Paul Kirsch; Additional Writing Tony Evans, John Schmautz, Casey Hollingshead, Nitai Poddar; Narrative Design Leads Carrie Patel, Josh Sawyer; Obsidian Entertainment Read original story Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include ‘Green Book,’ ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman’ At TheWrap
The National Board of Review, the century-old New York-based film enthusiasts collective that annually helps kick off awards season with a list of year-end superlatives, has declared “Green Book” the best film of 2018. The organization, comprised of filmmakers, professionals and academics, tapped Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”) and Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) for […]
The director of "Green Book," Peter Farrelly, sees the Oscar contender more as an odd couple comedy than a riff on the 1989 Best Picture winner "Driving Miss Daisy."
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The actor, pointing out that people don’t say that word anymore, used it himself. Now he’s saying sorry.