Green Book

Universal Pictures

"Green Book," the story of an unlikely friendship between an African America pianist and his working-class white driver, took home the award for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical at the 2019 Golden Globes.

Director Peter Farrelly thanked the cast, including Golden Globe winner Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortensen, and Linda Cardellini. He also particularly called out executive producer Octavia Spencer for her contribution to the film.

Ali played Dr. Don Shirley, a refined piano player who undertakes a tour of the American South. He hires the uncouth white driver Tony "Lip" Vallelonga. They bond as Shirley encounters racism on their journey.

Farrelly then lauded the "underappreciated genius" of Shirley. He went on to talk about bridging the racial divides that continue to exist today. "We all want the same thing. We want love, we want happiness, we want to be treated equally," he said. "And that's not such a bad thing."