The Gulf Today - Time Out - - GRAPEVINE -

The feel-good road-trip drama “Green Book” was named the best ilm of the year, and its star, VIGGO MORTENSEN, best ac­tor, by the Na­tional Board of Re­view in one of the irst in a pa­rade of awards sea­son hon­ours.

The NBR awards gave the Os­car hopes of Uni­ver­sal’s “Green Book” a jolt. The film, di­rected by Peter Far­relly (who typ­i­cally makes broader come­dies like “There’s Some­thing About Mary” with his brother, Bobby) was de­clared an Os­car fa­vorite after tak­ing the au­di­ence award at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

But in two weeks of re­lease, it has strug­gled to latch on at the box ofice, and some crit­ics have called its por­trayal of race re­la­tions old-fash­ioned and crit­i­cised it for re­ly­ing on “white saviour” tropes.

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