A scene from Peter Farrelly’s “Greenbook,” starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen as seemingly unlikely travel buddies in the segregated South of the 1960s.
Photo courtesy of TIFF
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Peter Farrelly's dramatic comedy buddy movie "Green Book," starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, won the Toronto International Film Festival audience prize Sunday, making it a surprise Oscar contender. The film follows a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes a job chauffeuring an African-American classical pianist through the U.S. South in the 1960s, because it is too dangerous for him to travel alone.Seven past winners have gone on to win an Oscar for best picture – "Chariots of Fire," "American Beauty," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech," "Argo," "12 Years a Slave" and "Spotlight".In contrast, Cannes' coveted Palme d'Or has been an indicator of Oscar success only once in 1955 for "Marty" starring Ernest Borgnine.
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