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Well – this has been an exciting week in Viggodom with Green Book winning TIFF'’s Grolsch People’'s Choice Award, something that caught pundits well-and-truly unawares. Now there is some serious Oscar talk and Universal are intending to ‘promote the hell out of it’. That'’s got the champagne corks popping in the V-W backroom! In case you have missed the best of the best, here is a compilation of the must-read quotes and reviews from the week.






"I'm still reeling over the response to the film, so this is just incredible. Thanks so much to the festival: I was truly honoured just to be accepted into it, but to actually win is beyond my wildest dreams. Now I see why everyone says the audiences in Toronto are the best in the world."

Peter Farrelly
CBC
16 September 2018




Green Book, as predicted by Kris Tapley, has taken the People’s Choice Audience Award at Toronto… One thing that is definitely possible is that Viggo Mortensen could finally win an Oscar he’s a bit overdue for now. The history of this kind of award often does lead to acting wins – like Three Billboards, La La Land, Room, Silver Linings, King’s Speech, 12 Years a Slave, etc. In almost every case, the winner or even runner up of these awards wins an acting prize. So this could be Viggo’'s year at last.

Viggo Mortensen Becomes Best Actor Frontrunner as Green Book Wins People’s Choice Award in Toronto
By Sasha Stone
Awards Daily
17 September 2018




Universal has confirmation that their confidence in Green Book is not unwarranted. Studio marketers think they have a Blind Side: a populist mainstream commercial movie that also plays well for the Academy…The studio will give Green Book the full-tilt push now, for the win. And while the movie’s comedic trailer did not put it on Oscar pundits radars, it is now. Enhanced coverage will follow.

‘Green Book’ Gets Oscar Boost from Winning TIFF Audience Award: Here’s Why
By Anne Thompson
Indie Wire
17 September 2018




Best Actor in a Leading Role: I see Green Book getting both Viggo and Mahershala in. Think about it this way: Viggo received a nomination (well deserved, by the way) for Captain Fantastic, a massively overlooked film until it bounced back for awards season. If Viggo can get nominated for that, he should have no problem getting his third acting nod for Green Book.

2019 Oscars at a Glance: Second Oscar Nomination Predictions
By Chancey Plagman
Culture Vultures
21 September 2018




Green Book… made its world premiere at TIFF and gained momentum as critical raves and word of mouth spread from screenings that had audiences applauding multiple times throughout the film. “‘Green Book’ just surprised everybody and came out of the woodwork,” said festival director and CEO Piers Handling "“I think it was smart because they came in and it wasn'’t over-hyped, it just snuck in under the radar.'"

Handling said he thinks “Green Book” struck a chord because of its “smart” blend of top-notch acting and compelling story that speaks to contemporary issues. "“I think the film was just so well-told, it’s witty, it’s funny, but it’s also about what’s going on right now in our society",” Handling said.

'Green Book' wins People's Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival
By Victoria Ahearn
Toronto Star
16 September 2018




Going into a festival, you think you know what all the big movies will be, but really, you have no idea. Case in point: Green Book. Peter Farrelly's solo debut, the real-life tale of a white bodyguard and a black musician traveling across the Jim Crow South, didn't exactly come out of nowhere, but it didn't have anything close to the pre-festival buzz of a Star is Born, Roma, or Beale Street. Green Book screened later in the festival, when many journalists had already flown back home, and it was not high on either of our priority lists. But those who did make it to the premiere came out raving about the performances of Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, and the movie eventually won Tiff's People's Choice Award a reliable harbinger of a Best Picture nomination. Next time I’m thinking of skipping a screening, I'll think of Green Book, and shudder in despair.

The Winners, Losers, and Surprises of the Toronto Film Festival
By Nate Jones
Vulture.com
17 September 2018




Peter Farrelly'’s Green Book, which surprised everyone when it won in Toronto, is the kind of movie the gives back more than it takes. It’s the kind of thing you didn'’t know you were missing until the credits roll… Mortensen is unrecognizable as Tony Lip. As impressed as I'’ve been with his ability to disappear into roles, he’s never delivered such a fully realized character as this. There isn’'t a moment in the entire film where you remember it’s an actor playing a part. He IS Tony Lip. Every throwaway glance, every wipe of his mouth, every cigarette smoked, every look, every laugh — all of it readable on his face. For all of Mortensen’'s gifts in shapeshifting, he has never quite been able to create such an intimate dialogue with the viewer as he does here. If he judged Tony too harshly, he could never have played him with so much innate humanity. Tony means well. He hasn'’t been taught well, but he means well and where I come from that counts for a lot

Green Book – One of the Best Films of the Year and a Career High for the Shape Shifter that is Viggo Mortensen
By Sasha Stone
Awards Daily
20 September 2018




Peter Farrelly knows how to hit his audience right in the feels as both a co-writer and director, but he’s also a playful enough filmmaker to prevent Green Room from becoming a dreary and sentimental slog. The film is funny, very funny. It’s also very moving. That’s a crowd-pleasing combo and the movie is guaranteed to please plenty of crowds this awards season... Mortensen dons a cartoonishly amusing accent (one that’ll sound a little familiar to fans of Carlito’'s Way) and leans into the comedic exaggeration of his character. However, he finds dignity and heart at the core and transitions from silly punchline to warm family man and threatening presence with such ease that it’s stunning[FONT=Arial].[/FONT]

TIFF Journal: Green Book
Phillip Brown
The Bonus Review
20 September 2018



The coupling of the two polar opposites (think The Odd Couple) is fascinating to watch. There isn'’t a wasted second in this perfectly told, shot (Sean Porter), edited (Patrick J. Don Vito), scored (Kris Bowers) and directed drama/comedy. Mortensen strikes the right balance of Italian bravura and class clown. Robert DeNiro must be envious; this is the kind of role he’d eat for lunch. Linda Cardellini as Tony’s more accepting wife is pitch perfect. Mahershala Ali switches gears with ease from playing a hardened drug dealer in Moonlight to portraying a refined artist with great dignity and many secrets in this heart-warming crowd-pleaser. Expect Oscar nominations for the film, actors, director and screenplay. After all, Green Book won TIFF’s prestigious 2018 Grolsch People’s Choice Award, an award voted on by festival goers.

Dwight Brown
dwightbrownink.com
18 September 2018




Tony is written as the stereotypical mob-connected Italian-American New Yorker, and I'’d take it almost like a caricature if it weren'’t written by his own son. It the hands of a lesser actor it would be easy for this character to come across as a joke, but Viggo Mortensen gives him some depth. Since he often plays serious, violent guys, it is fun to see him here in a more playful role.

Andy Howell
Film Threat
18 September 2018




Farrelly manages to respect the severity of the characters’ social context while ensuring that Green Book never steps outside its protagonists’ relationship, a delicate balancing act that credibly makes a feel-good, effervescent comedy out of its thorny subject matter without ever sanitizing it.

Jake Cole
Slant Magazine
16 September 2018




...…there’s never any doubt where Green Book is heading, and director Farrelly – who shares script credit with Tony’s son Nick and Brian Hayes Currie – makes sure it gets there as smoothly as possible. And while I suspect he simply got out of Mortensen and Ali’s way and let them figure out their chemistry and their timing on their own, that’s the smartest thing he could have done.

It’s a pleasure to watch them electrify this movie, and each other.

Norman Wilner
Now Toronto
14 September 2018




While the film does deal with some weighty topics, Farrelly manages to keep it light and entertaining. I cannot begin to put into words how refreshing it is to watch a buddy comedy that along with being funny somehow manages to embrace difficult themes such as racism and homosexuality without coming across as heavy-handed or depressing. Green Book is the type of film that studios don’t make anymore. There hasn't been a film like this in such a long time that it makes Green Book feel wonderfully unique on top of it being the feel-great film of the year… Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are perfect together, and I can see Green Book becoming one of the biggest box office successes of the fall movie season.

Scott Menzel
weliveentertainment.com
16 September 2018




People tend to use ‘feel‐good movie’ as a pejorative, but this movie really does just make you feel good. It’s breezy and accessible, it has a lot of love for its characters, and it ultimately offers a message of hope in the face of prejudice. For some reason, that sort of thing isn't so fashionable these days. But the 2,000 TIFF viewers who gave Green Book a standing ovation were having too good of a time to care.

TIFF 2018: Green Book
By Ryan Falconer
The Varsity
17 September 2018



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Green Book – One of the Best Films of the Year and a Career High for the Shape Shifter that is Viggo Mortensen


Source: AwardsDaily


Seems Sasha Stone has changed her mind about Viggo since she trashed him a couple of years ago for being an actor with political opinions.


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"Just like it’s satisfying nonetheless to watch Gene Hackman kick ignorant cracker ass in Mississippi Burning, it is equally satisfying to watch uneducated but tough guy Tony threaten the hillbillies in Green Book."

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by Sasha Stone

Peter Farrelly's Green Book, which surprised everyone when it won in Toronto, is the kind of movie the gives back more than it takes. It's the kind of thing you didn't know you were missing until the credits roll. I've been covering the Oscars from the end of the Bill Clinton era and into the George W. Bush era, through the Obama era, and now into the Trump era. We're living through some dark days, so much so that many of us feel too tender to the touch, as though just waking up to live through another day is a challenge. Going all the way back to its inception, cinema has often been a salve for people in the most desperate of times. Fantasy and superhero franchise films have indeed come to dominate the movie theaters — after all, who can justify spending that kind of money if you don't walk out feeling like you got your money's worth. But there have been times when movies you pay to see give you your money's worth just by telling good stories, stories that can make you feel good.

The plot for Green Book is based loosely on a true story of a Bronx native, raised on racial epithets and segregated cultures of the immigrant working class outside Manhattan (also nicely explored in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, only in Brooklyn, but the same basic idea), who is hired to drive around a highly cultured academic who lives in a ritzy apartment above Carnegie Hall. The white guy is Viggo Mortensen as Tony Lip, and the black guy is Mahershala Ali as pianist Don Shirley.

It goes without saying that I'm a white writer writing about watching a film that is, first and foremost, about friendship, but also one about race. I'm only half the story here, and my reaction can only count for half. I can't possibly know what it feels like to watch the film as a non-white person. I can't pretend to. White-guilt culture has a history of movies that make white people look good in films about race, like Mississippi Burning, like Driving Miss Daisy, like The Help. There is always that one good white person to illustrate that not everyone is racist. Green Book might have a little of that, sure, but it also just gives us two beautifully drawn, brilliantly acted portraits of two people who lived and died in real life.

Green Book is drawn from the memory of Nick Vallelonga (also one of the screenwriters), whose father, Tony Vallelonga ("Tony Lip"), once drove Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) through the Deep South. He was his driver and bodyguard of sorts, keeping the racist jackholes off of him while he went to the places he was invited to play. Playing for rich folks in segregated, still-racist-to-this-day states like Alabama and Mississippi was historically important to Shirley, who knows that just playing there makes a difference, even if they don't allow you to use their restrooms or eat in their dining rooms.

Mortensen is unrecognizable as Tony Lip. As impressed as I've been with his ability to disappear into roles, he's never delivered such a fully realized character as this. There isn't a moment in the entire film where you remember it's an actor playing a part. He IS Tony Lip. Every throwaway glance, every wipe of his mouth, every cigarette smoked, every look, every laugh — all of it readable on his face. For all of Mortensen's gifts in shapeshifting, he has never quite been able to create such an intimate dialogue with the viewer as he does here. If he judged Tony too harshly, he could never have played him with so much innate humanity. Tony means well. He hasn't been taught well, but he means well and where I come from that counts for a lot.

And for everyone who thought Mahershala Ali was "playing himself" in Moonlight can at last see that he too is a versatile shape-shifter who is also unrecognizable as Don Shirley. Where in Moonlight he exuded confidence and sure-handed focus, here Ali is full of self-doubt, despite the careful pretenses he's adopted. His vulnerability peeks through his veneer. The real Don Shirley was raised in Jamaica and thus carried with him a snobbery against classless Americans (I was raised by a Jamaican, so I can attest to this). Ali's Shirley is playing a guy who mostly lives alone, gay in a time when you could not be (even worse, you could be killed for it). And if the movie glides a little too conveniently over Tony Lip's acceptance of Don's sexuality, remember: he worked at the Copacabana — he was used to variety in the sex department.

We're living through the kind of times where you are either good or bad, racist or not racist, homophobic or not, where people dig up decades old tweets as if to uncover, at last, that you really are one of those unforgivables we must purge from our ranks. But there are gray areas, particularly where generational shifts are concerned. We grow up where we grow up. We learn what we learn. But a genuinely good person can learn to open their hearts and their minds. Tony figures out pretty quickly that he really likes Don and Don figures out, a little less quickly, that he really likes Tony. They start there. Through their relationship they grow to be better people by letting the other one in.
Sure, this movie might be a harder sell if these actors weren't so utterly brilliant in their roles. But they are brilliant. They are so good that you end up wishing the movie would never end. From start to finish, Green Book is pleasure to sit through. You can sit almost anyone down in front of it and they will get it if not love it, and you Oscar watchers know what that means. There is always the one movie that comes out in a given year that you can pretty much recommend to just about anyone — and this year, Green Book is that movie. And you know what? We could use a lot more of these films in the film industry and in American culture.

Just like it's satisfying nonetheless to watch Gene Hackman kick ignorant cracker ass in Mississippi Burning, it is equally satisfying to watch uneducated but tough guy Tony threaten the hillbillies in Green Book. Unlike Mississippi Burning, however, the one scolding Tony isn't another white guy — it's Don Shirley, who believes dignity always wins out. Ali's role as Don Shirley is very nearly equal to Mortensen's. Both really are leads. I understand that Ali will "go supporting" because that's the best way to round the bases, Oscar wise, but indeed it's a film about both men: their limitations, their strengths, and how they teach each other a thing a two about a think or two. It is their warmth towards each other, their nimble acting chops, and finally, their ability to reveal the subtle shifts happening internally that makes Green Book such a riveting, moving, and entertaining couple of hours.

It isn't that the job of cinema is to make us feel good. The best films I've seen so far this year do what cinema is meant to do: take you places you've never been, take you into the minds and hearts of good people who do bad things — or make you uncomfortable, weird you out, shift your perspective on the ugly underside of humanity. And they can do the one thing that can sometimes be the difference between living and dying: send you out the door with a smile on your face and a little bit of hope for a better kind of life. That's what Green Book does, not because it's the job of cinema but because it's one thing cinema CAN do.

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Viggo at VOICES OF A PEOPLE’S HISTORY: COOPER UNION, NYC Tomorrow!


Source: peopleshistory.us


Our thanks to Colette Hera for the heads up.

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September 17, 2018
New York City
07.30pm - 09.00pm


Voices of a People's History of the United States brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery and Jim Crow, protesting war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions and the eight hour work day, advancing women's rights and LGBTQ liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day.

Join us on September 17, Constitution Day, at this special free event in the Great Hall at Cooper Union featuring live readings and music in a celebration of resistance and radical struggle. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past—and present—VOICES seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice.

Featuring:
Viggo Mortensen
Allison Moorer
Brian Jones
Aasif Mandvi
Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby
Susan Pourfar
Ty Jones
Staceyann Chin
Jessica Pimentel
Laura Gomez
And more special guests to be announced.

Registration required, but seating is first-come, first-served. This event is cosponsored by The Cooper Union

The Great Hall is located in The Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues
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The Great Hall is wheelchair accessible. Assisted listening devices are also available upon request.

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TIFF People's Choice Award launches Green Book into the Oscar race


Source: EW

More good news!!


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With the People’s Choice Award in hand, Green Book now occupies pole position ...

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Peter Farrelly's 1960s-set biographical drama Green Book has cleared a major hurdle in this year's awards race, emerging from the Toronto International Film Festival with the prestigious People's Choice Award — an accolade that often precedes placement among the Academy Awards' Best Picture nominees.

The film, which follows classical pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his New York City-born driver Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) as they tour the American South, beat out competition for the otherwise non-competitive festival's attendee-driven prize from critically lauded titles including Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born, and Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk.

2018 marks the first year in TIFF history that voting for the the People's Choice Award took place entirely online, with the festival also opening the contest to everyone with access to its website — including non-patrons. This could have skewed voting totals in favor of celebrity-driven projects like the Lady Gaga-starring A Star Is Born (which is also seen as a major Oscar contender thanks to enthusiastic reception on the festival circuit thus far), though Green Book's victory speaks to its crowd-pleasing potential ahead of what's shaping up to be a contentious awards battle.

With the People's Choice Award in hand, Green Book now occupies pole position as the three-pronged, Oscar-priming arm of the fall festival circuit — Telluride, Venice, and Toronto — concludes. Since 2008, nine of the last 10 People's Choice Award winners, including 12 Years a Slave and Slumdog Millionaire, have gone on to win or be nominated for the Academy's Best Picture statuette, the only exception being Nadine Labaki's 2011's drama Where Do We Go Now?

Last year, Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri began its Oscar bid with a TIFF People's Choice Award victory before scoring seven total Academy Award nominations. It would go on to win two: for lead actress Frances McDormand and supporting actor Sam Rockwell. Reigning Best Picture The Shape of Water did not place among the top three finalists for the People's Choice Award.

For now, Green Book will have to translate its support out of Toronto into further precursor affection as it faces the next round of nationwide critics in anticipation of its Nov. 21 theatrical bow. With near-universal acclaim from festival press, it's likely that year-end critics' groups and guilds already have their eyes on the project for their upcoming awards ceremonies. Mortensen and Ali received particular praise from film journalists following Green Book's Sept. 11 world premiere at TIFF, meaning acting nominations could be on the horizon for the onscreen pair.

In addition to Green Book, A Star Is Born, Beale Street, and Roma, titles that made significant strides on the Oscar circuit at TIFF include the gay conversion drama Boy Erased, Melissa McCarthy's Marielle Heller-directed Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Viola Davis' Widows, Timothée Chalamet's drug addiction drama Beautiful Boy, Nicole Kidman's transformative slow-burn crime story Destroyer, and Ryan Gosling's Neil Armstrong biopic First Man

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Viggo Mortensen Becomes Best Actor Frontrunner as Green Book Wins People’s Choice Award in Toronto


Source: Awards Daily


YESSSSS!!!

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One thing that is definitely possible is that Viggo Mortensen could finally win an Oscar he’s a bit overdue for now.

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Green Book, as predicted by Kris Tapley, has taken the People's Choice Audience Award at Toronto. Runners up were If Beale Street Could Talk and Roma. One thing that is definitely possible is that Viggo Mortensen could finally win an Oscar he's a bit overdue for now. The history of this kind of award often does lead to acting wins – like Three Billboards, La La Land, Room, Silver Linings, King's Speech, 12 Years a Slave, etc. In almost every case, the winner or even runner up of these awards wins an acting prize. So this could be Viggo's year at last.

As you all know, this puts Green Book in line for a Best Picture nomination (not necessarily a win, but maybe). The history for either winners or runners-up is spotty but not entirely unreliable. Is Green Book Slumdog Millionaire? Is it Silver Linings Playbook? Is it Argo? Is it the King's Speech? It is too soon to know. Just as many films have won Best Picture and not showed up as a winner or a nominee. Two out of the three seems to be the norm.

The acting, however, is a little more reliable. Precious: Supporting Actress, Screenplay, King's Speech: Picture, Actor, Screenplay, Director, Silver Linings: Actress, 12 Years: Picture, Supporting Actress, Screenplay, Imitation Game: Screenplay, Room: Actress, La La Land: Actress, Director, etc., Three Billboards: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor.

Mahershala Ali could also win a second Oscar in supporting, and very well might — but I'd think Viggo gets the bump because he's never won before.

Free Solo won documentary.

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