“Green Book” becomes Oscars frontrunner

"Green Book" was named the best film in 2018 by Hollywood producers on Saturday, boosting its chances at next month's Oscars after it picked up three wins at the Golden Globes.

The civil rights drama-comedy starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen beat "Roma," "A Star Is Born," "The Favourite," "Black Panther," "BlacKkKlansman," "Crazy Rich Asians," "A Quiet Place," "Vice" and "Bohemian Rhapsody," which won the top award at the Globes.

"Green Book" of producer-director Peter Farrelly recounts the unlikely friendship between Don Shirley, a black piano virtuoso, and his white driver, Tony Lip, during a concert tour through the segregated Deep South in 1962.

The Producers Guild Awards best film had been predicted to be a contest between “A Star is Born” and “Roma”. Earlier this month “Green Book” won the Golden Globe as best musical or comedy. In many past years, PGA best film winners have gone on to win the best picture Oscar, Hollywood’s top prize. The Academy Awards will be given on 24 February to producers, directors, actors and actresses.


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