Will Viggo Mortensen be a major Oscar contender this year for ‘Green Book’?

13th Rome Film Fest - 'Green Book' - Premiere

Every so often, one of the subscription movie channels will throw Driving Miss Daisy onto their cycle, and I’ll spend a month watching ten-minute or twenty-minute increments here and there. I understand why the film isn’t regarded as one of greats, and I completely understand (and agree with) the racial criticisms lodged at the film. But can I just say? It’s still a completely enjoyable film. Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy had excellent chemistry together, and both of their performances were great.

Well, there’s a very similar kind of film coming out this awards season. It’s called Green Book. Viggo Mortensen plays an Italian-American bouncer-type who takes a job to drive around Mahershala Ali’s jazz pianist around the deep South in what seems like… maybe the early 1950s? It’s very much in the same vibe as Driving Miss Daisy, only the driver is white and passenger is black, but the “racial healing through shared conversations and experiences” is the same. Viggo Mortensen made an appearance at the Rome Film Festival this week – the photos in this post – to promote the film. Where’s Mahershala?? Probably filming True Detective or something. Anyway, here’s the trailer:

Originally, I thought Viggo’s appearance in Rome was the first film festival appearance, but no – the film has already been slowly making its way through the festival circuit. It’s premiered at TIFF, Zurich, the Hamptons, and the London Film Festival already. It might be the low-key antidote to A Star Is Born’s in-your-face Oscar campaign. A slow-burner campaign for a film where Viggo goes against typecast and plays a thuggish New Yorker who loves fried chicken? I mean… I’m interested. And I’ll watch anything with Mahershala. Viggo is a big fan of Mahershala too – he talked up Ali’s performance in Rome, in Ali’s absence. Could it be that… Viggo is actually coming to play this Oscar season?

13th Rome Film Fest - 'Green Book' - Premiere

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  1. Sara says:

    He can still viggo my mortensen any given day.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Haha! Me, too… he looks…refreshed? Maybe some laser resurfacing? His skin appears more youthful.

      Those are two fine pieces of eye candy. I’m here for it.

  2. karen says:

    i’d love this, if it were true.

  3. JanetDR says:

    First time I have heard of this movie and I’m all in!

  4. Class Ceiling says:

    Huh. I’m surprised you’re not angry with Viggo. He was a Sanders supporter who couldn’t bring himself to vote for Clinton, so he voted for Jill Stein.

    • Dee Kay says:

      I was a HUGE fan of Mortensen’s until the 2016 election. UGH. Viggo can just be quiet and take a seat as far as politics go. However, I will still be seeing this movie, it looks pretty good.

  5. Anna nuttall says:

    Really went off this guy when he threw LOTR under a bus. Great actor – not such a great person.

    • Polly says:

      He didn’t throw it under a bus, he just said that Peter Jackson used far too much CGI in the Hobbit trilogy and that it was a problem that had started creeping in towards the end of the LOTR films, which isn’t unfair. Legolas and the oliphant.. need I say more? I’m more disappointed in his attitude towards the 2016 election.

      • JadedBrit says:

        @Polly The Hobbit Trilogy was a fatuous mess. Only loosely true to the books, delving into the Silmarillion in order to pad out the narrative, taking unnecessary artistic licence and, my G-d, those endless battles: we saw them in LOTR 2 (my favourite) and 3. I’m not surprised that VM offered gentle criticism – he was remarkably restrained, given the catastrof*ck that was TH.

    • raincoaster says:

      He WHAT? Dude, I was in the film Ringers and I never heard of this. So, basically I’m calling you a liar.

  6. Lightpurple says:

    Really looking forward to this. Saw the trailer in the theater a few weeks ago and didn’t realize it was Viggo until the end. And Mahershala looks stunning. I’m there for this. Campaign for that Oscar, Viggo!

  7. manta says:

    I still think that his performance in Captain Fantastic was grossly overlooked in 2017, and vastly superior of those of Affleck and Gosling.
    Should have been nominated for The Road too. Always find his choices interesting, so will check this one.
    Sidenote: is the director of Green Book the same Farrelly as in Farrelly’s brothers of Dumb and Dumber? That’s some 180.

    • Lightpurple says:

      He did get an Oscar Nomination for Captain Fantastic, which was well deserved, but I agree that too many people missed that film. A great performance from him.

    • raincoaster says:

      Have you seen The Indian Runner? It was his breakthrough artistically, and it holds up.

  8. Reef says:

    This is a interesting way to bring up the concept of the Green Book to a wider audience. My grandmother gave me her’s and honestly, not much has changed when you look at it. I still can’t drive through Mississippi at night w/o getting the shakes.

  9. JadedBrit says:

    I still want to marry Aragorn.
    Will see this not only because it sounds like a sensitive, nuanced thinkpiece but because being able to watch VM for over 90 minutes must rank highly amongst life’s joys.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Viggo really was achingly beautiful in that role, wasn’t he?

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        I hi k it was the hair and facial scruff. He’s one of those guys that can pull off the dirty, scruffy haven’t washed in several weeks look off and still make women wanna jump him.

      • raincoaster says:

        He was never more physically perfect than in a little noir B movie called American Yakuza. You might enjoy it if you like looking at Viggo.

      • JadedBrit says:

        @NotSoSocialButterfly Oh my. “Achingly beautiful” is the perfect description… He had a rare genius in the Trilogy, for me, because he was able not only to create an entire metanarrative/subtext through micro-expressions, but he has a rare, arresting quality of utter stillness, tranquillity that transcends his environment. Coo, the above sounded rather pretentious, for which I apologise! But I would argue that he’s the finest of method actors as well as being undeniably, hugely yummy. Even bedraggled of hair and in dusty leathers. (*drools a tad*)

    • CanadianGirl says:

      Me too. Aragorn in the books was a forever crush and Viggo brought him to life so beautifully. He and Liv Tyler were so damn beautiful together in that movie.

  10. Xi Tang says:

    The trailer for Green Book looks amazing. Can’t wait to see it. I hope Viggo gets nominated and wins!

  11. Jerusha says:

    When this comes out on Blu Ray I’ll see it for MA. Never much cared for VM and HATED him in Captain Fantastic.

  12. Digital Unicorn says:

    I hope so, he is such a talented actor who deserves recognition. B Coop woulda be insufferable if he got it.

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  14. BreeInSEA says:

    I LOVED him in Hildago.

  15. Insomniac says:

    He lost all his appeal for me when he pulled that both-sides crap in 2016. Ugh.

  16. DEE says:

    This film won the 2018 People’s Choice Award at TIFF.

  17. Jo says:

    Years ago I heard Viggo frequented a little empanada shop near Venice… never eaten so many empanadas in my life 😂

  18. Lindy says:

    Used to love him until the 2016 election. Now I can’t look at him without seeing all of that nonsense.