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Fans and film critics alike are reeling that Black Panther didn't win last night's Oscar for Best Picture. Although the film did take home three other awards, people were confused as to how Green Book, of all movies, beat the record-breaking Marvel film. 

Green Book inspired a lot of backlash before it was even nominated for the award, and you can bet it didn't perform as well in theaters as the superhero smash hit. And those criticisms are actually pretty well deserved. Let's break it down, shall we?

Black Panther sadly didn't win the Oscar for Best Picture.

The annual Oscars aired last night, and everyone expected their favorite Wakandan superhero to take the top spot for Best Picture. It didn't. Even though the film won in three other categories, fans felt the film was robbed of the award. I mean, if you saw the movie three times like I did, you would understand why this sucks so much.

Fans of the groundbreaking film rightfully threw a Twitter tantrum after the loss.

Fans are all over Twitter trying to figure out what exactly happened here. Black Panther at one point was the no. 1 movie in the world. It's won over 20 awards since its release, including Best Movie at the 2018 MTV Movie Awards. Saudi Arabia even lifted its movie theater ban so people could watch the movie there.

Instead, the movie Green Book took home the award and ultimately confused and infuriated everyone.

The winning film follows the story of Dr. Don Shirley played by Mahershala Ali. He's a world-famous African American pianist who, in 1962, went on a concert tour in the deep American South. For protection (because racism was a very real and physical threat back then), he hires a white driver. The movie follows their journey on the road and their developing friendship. Basically, it's one of those idealistic "white guy meets black guy and solves racism" kind of movies.

People truly don't understand how this film managed to be the winner.

For a lot of people, Green Book wasn't a bad movie. It's just that they think Black Panther deserved the win much more. Spike Lee, on the other hand, wasn't having it. He reportedly tried to leave the awards show when the win was announced. His movie BlacKkKlansman was also nominated for Best Picture.

According to Twitter, literally any other movie deserved to win Best Picture more than Green Book.

In this tweet, a fan likens Green Book's winning to the tone deaf "all lives matter" movement. In the effort of making the Oscars more diverse, they have added more nominees of color. But does that really mean anything if they aren't going to win?

Giving it the highest honor was like shouting "all lives matter" when Blackkklansman, Beale St and Black Panther were all making much more cogent cases that "black lives matter" in Hollywood.

Green Book was controversial the moment it was released. 

Not everyone loved Green Book the way they loved Black Panther. Some feel as though the movie is racist because Shirley's driver, Tony "Lip" Vallelonga, makes ignorant statements against black people. 

There's a scene in the movie in which the two have a detailed conversation about fried chicken, although those statements are meant to show the kind of ignorance people can have against others before getting to know them. But the movie also depicts Vallelonga as a white savior who comes in at the last minute to save Shirley on more than one occasion. 

Shirley's real-life family openly said they didn't agree with the movie's depiction of his story. 

Members of Shirley's family say that he and his driver were not friends, as the film's romanticized version suggests. His brother goes so far as to say the movie is a "symphony of lies," because it gives the audience the idea that the doctor was ashamed of his race and didn't have a close bond with his family. However, his family says that none of it is true. 

This conflict of accounts makes sense when you consider that Vallelonga's son was one of the screenwriters for the film. 

Mahershala Ali apologized to Shirley's family for any offense his performance in the movie might've caused.

Ali called the family personally and apologized "if there had been any offense." Edwin Shirley, nephew to the iconic performer, recounts that Ali told him, "I did the best I could with the material I had. I was not aware that there were close relatives with whom I could have consulted to add some nuance to the character."

Even the director of the film said that he didn't know any relatives of the Shirley family were still living at the time and later on invited them to a screening of the movie. 

But although Black Panther didn't win Best Picture, it still made history with its other awards.

The film did win Oscars for three other categories: Best Original Music Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design. These are the first Oscars ever for Marvel Studios. 

Plus, Ruth Carter's win for Best Costume Design made her the first African American woman to win in that category, and Hannah Beachler's win for Best Production Design made her the first woman of color to win and be nominated.  

And, at the very least, we got this hilarious Trevor Noah joke to soothe the burn.

Trevor Noah may have made the whole awards show worth watching with this single joke. While introducing Black Panther, he joked about being from Wakanda and personally knowing T'Challa. He says the phrase "abelungu abazi' uba ndiyaxoka," which he says means, "In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart."

That's not actually what it means. It actually translates to "White people don't know I'm lying."