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?
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.