There were some major surprises during Hollywood’s biggest night, one of them being Green Book taking home the Oscar for Best Picture, upsetting many like Spike Lee who didn’t think the “white savior movie’ should have scored the coveted award.
On Sunday night, the controversial movie starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen took home the evening’s top award, but many critics blasted the win.
Lee, reportedly compared the “Green Book” win to a referee making “the wrong call.”
spike lee leaving the place when they announced green book as the winner of best picture is what i need to keep living pic.twitter.com/ylR3xm2KfV
— 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑎 🕊 (@clubedaIuta) February 25, 2019
“Everytime somebody’s driving somebody, I lose,” Lee added backstage. Lee was referring to his movie Do the Right Thing, his first Oscar-nominated film losing an Oscar to Driving Miss Daisy.
According to a reporter for Deadline, Lee came back to his seat after the thank you speeches and engaged in what appeared to be an intense conversation with Jordan Peele.
Lee however did take home an Oscar for Best adapted screenplay for his movie. And Ali won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the movie.
Green Book was marketed as a feel good flick about how famed Black concert pianist Don Shirley (Ali) became friends with his white bodyguard Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Mortenson) while traveling through the deep South on tour. But the movie has been embroiled in controversy because of what critics say is a white savior narrative and for the Shirley family’s assertions that much of the film’s narrative is inaccurate.
Shirley died in 2013.
Black Twitter was ablaze last night when the winner was announced.
— Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) February 25, 2019
— Complex (@Complex) February 25, 2019
Don Shirley’s family hated #greenbook so much that Mahershala Ali had to personally apologize. Awarding this travesty of a movie with best picture is the most disappointing thing the academy could have done tonight. #oscars
— Lindsay Rodier (@lindsayrodier) February 25, 2019
Sooo..the black actor wins best supporting actor for #greenbook but yet when the film wins best picture, the old white men that made the film thank the WHITE ACTOR for “being the reason they won”…woww. #oscars #ados #TheOscars pic.twitter.com/5TZnlyAuGM
— The Black Child (@blackchildlives) February 25, 2019
Well got damn
— Blog Boyz❁ (@blogboyzHQ) February 25, 2019
— Whitlock Academy (@WhitlockAcademy) February 25, 2019
— dai in revolt 🇨🇦🇨🇴 (@daibyday) February 25, 2019