Midday at the Movies: Black Heroes, Strong Women, and Golden Globe Nominees | WYPR

Midday at the Movies: Black Heroes, Strong Women, and Golden Globe Nominees

Dec 6, 2018

Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali in Green Book.
Credit Universal Studios

It’s Midday at the Movies!

Following this morning’s Golden Globe nominations, author and Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday and founding director of the Maryland Film Festival Jed Dietz join Tom in the studio to discuss the nominees, and to consider the recent surge in films telling stories of African-Americans and strong (though not always likable) women, including:

The Favourite, a comedy-drama starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. They play three women vying for personal and political influence in the 18th century palace of Britain's Queen Anne.  Released last month, the film has received critical acclaim and earned five Golden Globe nominations, including one for each of its lead actresses; and

Green Book, a more contemporary comedy-drama, also based on a true story. It stars Mahershala Ali as an erudite black classical pianist who hires an unsophisticated white club bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) to be his driver, bodyguard, and ultimately, friend, on a concert tour through the American South in the 1960s. The film also received five Golden Globe nominations, including nods to both lead actors.

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