Oscars so wrong: BRIAN VINER laments some of this year’s Academy Award choices…

Oscars so wrong: BRIAN VINER laments some of this year’s Academy Award choices…

By Brian Viner for Daily Mail

Published: 01:04 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 01:14 GMT, 1 March 2019

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Sixty years ago, in 1959, Stanley Kramer’s marvellous film The Defiant Ones failed to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

It was the story of two escaping convicts, an African-American (Sidney Poitier) and a white racist (Tony Curtis), who find themselves shackled together and are both forced to confront their prejudices.

This year’s Best Picture, Green Book, covers similar territory without being anything like as good, which either shows how movies have deteriorated in 60 years or what a joke the Oscars have become. A little of both, maybe.

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