A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver for an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
Green Book is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly and starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. The film is based on the true story of an Italian-American bouncer named Tony Lip who becomes the driver and bodyguard for African-American classical pianist Don Shirley on a concert tour in the 1960s.
The title “Green Book” refers to a travel guide for African-American motorists that was published during the Jim Crow era, listing hotels, restaurants, and other businesses that were safe for black travelers to visit.
The film received widespread critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Ali, and Best Original Screenplay. It was also nominated for Best Actor for Mortensen and Best Film Editing.