Magazine March 25, 2019, Issue

Green Book’s Oscars Victory: Why a Lousy Film Won Best Picture

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in Green Book (DreamWorks)

The victory of Green Book over the rest of the Best Picture competition at the Academy Awards was unfortunate for many reasons, not least because it left me feeling like I have no choice but to actually write something about the film. When it came out three months ago it hardly seemed worth the trouble: Reviews were tepid, box-office sales were relatively weak, and pre-release chatter about Oscars gave way swiftly to think pieces explaining all of the ways that Green Book failed the tests of wokeness, all of the ways its old-fashioned liberal message-movie approach to storytelling about race

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