There's no denying it now; Green Book could win the Best Picture Oscar.
Film Twitter's worst nightmare is coming true as Green Book has officially swept into the front-runner space with its triumph at the 30th Producers Guild of America Awards. The top film prize from the PGA has typically been a good indicator of where the Academy lies in terms of the awards season race. Though the prize hasn't always equaled an eventual Oscar Best Picture win, especially since the Academy introduced its weighted scoring system, it's still shows the strength for the title.
Peter Farrelly's Green Book has been a source of contention since it released in the late fall. It wowed crowds at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it picked up the lucrative audience award, but stalled when it released to theaters near the Thanksgiving holiday.
Since it's release, several controversies have blossomed, including from the families of the subjects of the based-on-a-true story film. Film pundits have claimed the movie lacks the pizzazz of a new, Hollywood flick and instead plays too old-fashioned. Others have remarked that the white hero's own son, Nick Vallelonga, serves as a writer and producer on the project and, with some of the film's anecdotes in question, that muddies the waters. And, both Vallelonga and Farrelly have had their pasts come back to haunt them. The former's old tweets include insensitive remarks about Muslims after 9/11, sharing support for claims President Trump had previously made. The latter's frat-boy antics on sets has become public fodder, including incidents when he exposed himself.
The controversies haven't stopped Green Book, however. The film earned the Best Film prize from the National Board of Review and had a big night at the Golden Globes, earning wins for Best Picture (Comedy/Musical), Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), and Best Screenplay.
With the PGA win, it has now entered the landscape of becoming one of the season's most lauded films. Roma and A Star is Born had previously been named among the most likely Oscar winners. Both films lost to Green Book at the PGAs.
The 30th Producers Guild of America Awards were held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
THE DARRYL F. ZANUCK AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Producers: Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga
THE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF DOCUMENTARY MOTION PICTURES
WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
Producers: Morgan Neville, Nicholas Ma, Caryn Capotosto
THE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF ANIMATED THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
Producers: Avi Arad, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, Christina Steinberg