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'Green Book' TIFF Press Conference


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It's a good one!




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Universal Looks To Impact The Oscar Race With Two Potential Hits


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More Oscar buzz from LRM Online.

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The other film said to be making an impact for Universal is the comedy-drama Green Book, starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. The film is a change of pace for director Peter Farrelly, known for his work on Dumb & Dumber, There's Something About Mary, and Me, Myself & Irene. Green Book tells the story of New York bouncer Tony Lip (Mortensen) who is tasked with driving and protecting Jamaican-American classical pianist Don Shirley (Ali) as he tours the Deep South in the 1960s. According to Deadline, the film is filled with humor, strong emotion and humanity in a way that will connect with critics, audiences and especially the Academy.

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Toronto: 'Green Book' May Be the Contender No One Saw Coming


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Make room for new contenders in the races for lead actor (Viggo Mortensen), supporting actor (Mahershala Ali) and maybe even best picture.

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by Scott Feinberg


The awards race received an unexpected jolt on Tuesday night when Green Book, a dramedy about the African-American piano virtuoso Don Shirley (Oscar winner Mahershala Ali) and his unsophisticated Italian-American driver Tony Lip (Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen) touring the South during the Civil Rights era, had its first screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and blew the roof off Roy Thomson Hall and then the Elgin Theatre in quick succession.

I say "unexpected" because the film's director, Peter Farrelly, is best known for laugh-out-loud but decidedly un-Oscar-friendly comedies like Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary, and also because the film's distributor, Universal, which will release the film Nov. 21, has deliberately underhyped this one. In any event, by the time the first end credits started to roll at the Elgin screening, which I attended, the audience burst into a standing ovation that continued and only grew louder as the talent behind the film was introduced to the stage for a Q&A.

Green Book is not edgy or unpredictable or unlike anything you've seen before — it's essentially a road movie about opposites attracting and learning from each other (almost an inverse Driving Miss Daisy, the best picture Oscar winner 29 years ago). But it charmingly evokes laughs and tears in all the right places, thanks in no small part to the original screenplay by Tony Lip's son Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie and Farrelly, but more than anything to the winning performances by Mortensen and Ali, two of the most versatile and likable actors in the biz, who are perfectly cast in this film.

Expect a groundswell of awards support for Mortensen in the lead actor category and Ali in the supporting actor category that he won just two seasons ago for Moonlight — and maybe even for best picture, too. Indeed, we live in an era in which more than five films (up to 10) can be nominated for best picture, and in recent years other populist studio fare — movies that played better with audiences than critics, because they have heart and don't pretend to be more profound than they are — have made the cut, from The Blind Side to The Help, both of which also happened to deal with matters related to race.

There is no reason why Green Book can't join that list.

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"Green Book" Premiere at TIFF


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Images from the red carpet of the "Green Book" world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 11 September 2018.















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