Chadwick Boseman's Reaction to Green Book Winning Best Picture at the Oscars Has People Talking
Green Book's win came after months of debate surrounding the film
The 41-year-old actor — who led Black Panther, one of the films competing for Best Picture — was caught on camera turning his head to make eye contact with his costar Michael B. Jordan, just moments after Green Book was announced as the winner of the Oscar’s top prize.
Video of the glance was first captured by Twitter user @_MarcusD3_ and shared quickly after the ceremony ended. It was then picked up and spread by legions of fans frustrated by Green Book‘s win, many projecting their feelings onto Boseman’s look.
Boseman hasn’t responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
“When you’re disappointed but not surprised,” said writer Matthew Cherry.
“Chadwick Boseman is all of us when Green Book was announced as Best Picture,” another critic tweeted.
Green Book‘s win came after months of debate surrounding the film, which tells the real-life story of Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) — a world-class African-American pianist who embarked on a concert tour of the Deep South in 1962 along with his driver and bodyguard, Tony Lip (played by Viggo Mortensen). The movie addresses the racism and segregation prevalent in the deep South at the time.
After its release in November, Dr. Shirley’s family first criticized the movie, with his brother Maurice calling it a “symphony of lies.”
Mortensen, 60, then found himself in hot water when he used the n-word during the movie’s press tour — and quickly apologized. Later, director Pete Farrelly was also saying sorry for having exposed himself years ago while on the set of his 1998 romantic comedy There’s Something About Mary.
Spike Lee, 61 — who won Best Adapted Screenplay for his movie, BlacKkKlansman, but lost out in Best Picture — told reporters that he felt like Academy’s decision to anoint Green Book with the big award was a “bad call.”
Black Panther didn’t go home empty-handed. Last year’s highest-grossing movie won three Oscars on Sunday.