'Green Book' wins Oscar, still battling criticism

Amandla Stenberg and Congressman John Lewis

Vallelonga also told reporters the only other person Shirley wanted him to consult was Vallelonga's late father, Tony "Lip" Vallelonga, who drove the musician on a tour through the Deep South in the 1960s.

Oscar voters, however, seemed to ignore critics who panned the film for containing racial tropes and barely discussing its source material, Victor H. Green's "The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide".

JB LACROIX via Getty Images Nick Vallelonga poses with the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for "Green Book" at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 91st Academy Awards.

Ali's birth name is Mahershalalhashbaz, which was taken from the Bible and used by the actor early in his career.

"Honestly, I kind of resented basketball by the end of my time there", Ali said in an interview with Saint Mary's website in 2012.

Lee tried to storm out of the Dolby Theatre just after "Green Book" was announced the victor at the end of the Oscar show, according to various media accounts, then came back to his seat, where he turned his back on the stage during "Green Book" acceptance speeches.

Ali was in another Oscar-winning film this year - he voices the nefarious character of Uncle Aaron in "Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse", which won the award for best animated film.

He dedicated his award to his grandmother, who he said has pushed him his entire life to keep trying time and time again and to remain positive. "She has gotten me over the hump every step of the way".

"I know I wouldn't be here without her", he said onstage after receiving his statuette.

There is plenty more to be done in this area - main non-acting categories are still overwhelmingly white and male - but after widespread criticism for a lack of diversity in recent editions, this year's show marked a high-water mark for inclusiveness.

"We're all really proud of this film, " Burke said, saying he spoke for all 500-plus people working in the cast and crew.

The 79-year-old Democratic representative from Georgia and civil rights icon was joined on stage at the Dolby Theatre by Amandla Stenberg as the pair presented the Best Picture-nominated film Green Book. "Notice how they did not even acknowledge the creator of the actual Green Book, Victor Hugo Green in the acceptance speech for best picture", Entertainment Weekly's Rebecca Theodore-Vachon tweeted.

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