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'Ref made a bad call,' Spike Lee says of 'Green Book' award

26 February 2019

The movie is a story of race relations told through the relationship built between Don Shirley, a masterful black classical jazz pianist, and his driver, a bouncer named Tony Vallelonga, on a concert tour through the Deep South in 1962.

"You get nervous up there", he said.

When he collected the trophy for "Moonlight", Ali was the first Muslim to win an Oscar for acting.

Rami Malek won best actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury, lead singer for the classic rock group Queen, in the hit musical biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody". The award gala was held here on Sunday night and aired in India on Monday morning on Star Movies.

"This whole story is about love", Farrelly said, "It's about loving each other despite our differences and finding out the truth about who we are".

Back in December, Shirley's family members criticized the movie in interviews withShadow And Act. "Always, always pushing me to think positively".

"I'm snakebit. Every time someone is driving somebody, I lose", Lee told reporters in response to a question about his reaction to the win for "Green Book". "Don Shirley, obviously we all thanked Mahershala, gave him a great thank you".

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The only other years that saw more than one actor of color winning at the same Oscar ceremony are 2007 (Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland, Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls), 2005 (Jamie Foxx for Ray, Morgan Freeman for Million Dollar Baby), 2001 (Washington for Training Day, Halle Berry for Monster's Ball), and 1983 (Ben Kingsley for Gandhi, Louis Gossett Jr. for An Officer and a Gentleman).

"I can't believe they have John Lewis introducing Green Book", filmmaker Nia DaCosta tweeted. The film's star, Mahershala Ali, issued an apology to Shirley's nephew.

It truly caps off a odd journey in this year's Oscars.

Gaga thanked Cooper in an emotional acceptance speech, saying "There is not a single person on the planet that could have sang this song with me but you".

Nick Vallelonga, Peter Farrelly and Brian Currie, winners of best picture and best original screenplay for "Green Book", are pictured posing in the press room during the 91st Academy Awards February 24 in Hollywood, California.

After the film won Best Picture, Vallelonga was asked about the backlash the film has met.

'Ref made a bad call,' Spike Lee says of 'Green Book' award