'Green Book' wins Oscars despite controversies

Writer Nick Vallelonga holds his awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for Green Book.
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The Oscars nomination for the film "Green Book" was already surrounded by controversy, so its win for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture was a shocking move by the Academy.

A film based on the friendship between African-American classical pianist Donald Shirley (Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali) and his Italian-American driver, Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), Green Book has been accused of stretching the facts and promoting a harmful "white saviour" narrative. Not to mention, its director, Peter Farrelly, was known for flashing his penis on set of his past films as a joke, something which he has since apologised for.

The film overall is understandably seen as problematic, and netizens are visibly dismayed over the news of its win on Twitter.

Do you think the award is justified, or are you with the netizens who see this win as undeserved?

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