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Movie Review Flashback: Is ‘Green Book’ Worth Best Picture?

Before I begin this review I have to go back to some recent history. Remember a few years ago when the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag scoured the internet, haranguing The Academy for making The Oscars, well, so white. Since then Hollywood has really begun to change things around, providing more opportunities for people of color and giving actual awards to those who rightfully deserve it of all races. This year’s Oscars was the most progressive yet with a diverse diaspora of movies that were nominated for Best Picture (Black PantherGreen BookRoma, and BlacKkKlansman) and an astonishing array of awards to those of color. There was even history made as Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler became the first African-American women to win Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

That leads me to Green Book. The night of The Oscars was filled with inspiring moments and triumphant victories but then, at the end of the evening, Green Book would end up taking home Best Picture. I was delightfully surprised but as I watched the outpour of rage flowing across the internet (including Spike Lee’s infamous leaving of the room once the film had won top spot) I began to wonder, was the outcry warranted or was the movie actually that good?

Recently I watched BlacKkKlansman which ended up being as good as I imagined. And then last night I watched Green Book which was also how I figured it would be too. But that leads me to the question of this post; Is Green Book worthy of Best Picture? The short answer is no, unfortunately.

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Is ‘Green Book’ Worth Best Picture?

Before I begin this review I have to go back to some recent history. Remember a few years ago when the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag scoured the internet, haranguing The Academy for making The Oscars, well, so white. Since then Hollywood has really begun to change things around, providing more opportunities for people of color and giving actual awards to those who rightfully deserve it of all races. This year’s Oscars was the most progressive yet with a diverse diaspora of movies that were nominated for Best Picture (Black PantherGreen BookRoma, and BlacKkKlansman) and an astonishing array of awards to those of color. There was even history made as Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler became the first African-American women to win Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

That leads me to Green Book. The night of The Oscars was filled with inspiring moments and triumphant victories but then, at the end of the evening, Green Book would end up taking home Best Picture. I was delightfully surprised but as I watched the outpour of rage flowing across the internet (including Spike Lee’s infamous leaving of the room once the film had won top spot) I began to wonder, was the outcry warranted or was the movie actually that good?

Recently I watched BlacKkKlansman which ended up being as good as I imagined. And then last night I watched Green Book which was also how I figured it would be too. But that leads me to the question of this post; Is Green Book worthy of Best Picture? The short answer is no, unfortunately.

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