“Green Book,” directed by Peter Farrelly, won best Picture tonight at the 91st Academy Awards.
The win was earned. But the Academy also sent a message to Netflix, which spent 25 million on a campaign for “Roma.” The movie industry still resists films from streaming platforms.
Netflix nevertheless deserves credit for being aggressive trying to get Best Picture for a foreign film. “Roma” nevertheless earned Best Director and Foreign Film for Alfonso Cuaron as well as best cinematography.
But “Green Book”‘s early wins for Mahershala Ali for supporting actor, and for original screenplay were key.
The other big shock of the night was Glenn Close losing Best Actress to Olivia Colman. No one saw that coming.
More to come