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Oscars 2019 shock as Green Book wins Best Picture amid controversy

Oscars 2019 shock as Green Book wins Best Picture amid controversy

Ali now stars in his first leading TV role as Arkansas police detective Wayne Hays on HBO series "True Detective".

In a night of many firsts, Peter Ramsey became the first black person to win the award for best animated feature along with his co-directors Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.

He won his first Oscar two years ago for his performance in the movie Moonlight.

FYI: Mahershala is wearing an Ermenegildo Zegna XXX suit and a Cartier watch.

In a year where films like Spike Lee's BlackKklansman and Marvel's Black Panther championed black storytellers, creators, and experiences, Green Book felt wholly like a white perspective on black experiences.

JB LACROIX via Getty Images Nick Vallelonga poses with the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for "Green Book" at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 91st Academy Awards.

He continued, "So I just kept my word to that man, I wish I could have reached out to Don Shirley's family, I didn't even know they really existed until we were making the film". "Wow. wow. I got it!"

"Black Panther" also won Oscars for Ludwig Goransson's musical score and for production design, with that prize's victor Hannah Beachler (onstage with co-winner Greg Berry) thanking the film's prime mover, director Ryan Coogler, and the many women who worked and supported one another before, during, and after the production. They were among the very few women directors nominated in a year with many feature-length contenders and just as many overlooked.

It truly caps off a unusual journey in this year's Oscars. "This film is for everyone who believes in the impossible", exulted Vasarhelyi.

They thanked a number of people, including the late Carrie Fisher, however they completely failed to pay tribute to Dr Donald Shirley, the real-life man at the centre of their film.

The portrayal of Dr. Don Shirley also earned Ali awards from the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Golden Globes.

Hoisting his Oscar, Nick Vallelonga said, simply, "Dad - we did it".

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