Wednesday, April 24, 2024

“Green Book” Wins Best Picture, Academy Sends a Message to Netflix Rebuking “Roma”


“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

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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