Controversial ‘Green Book’ wins top Oscar honour

Green Book. a controversial film about the real-life relationship between African-American jazz musician Don Shirley and his white chauffer won Oscar 2019 for the best picture.

The road-trip drama taking the main characters through segregated America in the 1960s and co-produced and directed by Peter Farrelly, above left, won two more honours.

Mahershala Ali, who plays Shirley, became the first African-American to win the Oscar for best supporting actor twice. Farrelly won the  best original screenplay award.

Despite the criticism from Shirley’s brother, who called Green Book a symphony of lies, Farrelly’s film topped the list of seven nominations including Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron’s frontrunner Roma and Spike Lee’s race drama BlacKkKlansman.

However, Cuaron’s Roma won a hat-trick by  winning honours for best director, cinematography and foreign language film.

After years of wait, Lee finally won his first competitive Oscar for best adapted screenplay for BlacKkKlansman.

He was angry when the best picture winner was announced, and nearly walked out of the Dolby Theatre.

Later, he collected himself and made a strong plea to voters to be on the right side of history in the 2020 US presidential election.

 First-time Oscar nominee Rami Malek won the best leading actor award for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody  as Freddie Mercury, lead vocalist of the rock band Queen and regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music.

Bohemian Rhapsody won three more Oscars for sound editing, sound mixing and film editing.

While accepting the best film award, Farrelly said Green Book is about individuals loving each other despite their differences and its message is to talk to each other to solve problems.

For the first time in three decades, no one hosted the Oscars this year after host Kevin Hart bowed out over homophobic tweets. Actors and personalities stepped in to present awards to winners.