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Jamaica: Jamaican’s story gets gold-Green Book wins three Golden Globes

Green Book, the comedy drama about Jamaican-born classical pianist Dr Don Shirley, was one of the big winners at Sunday’s Golden Globes in Los Angeles. The film took home three trophies from its five nominations.

It won Best Picture – Musical or Comedy; Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali; and Best Screenplay written by Peter Farrelly, Brian Currie and Nick Vallelonga.

The film was also nominated for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Viggo Mortensen) and Best Director (Farrelly).

According to Jamaica Music Museum curator Herbie Miller, the win by Green Bookagain highlights the global recognition that Jamaica and Jamaicans continue to attract.

“Ironically, I have not yet seen the film. However, there are some who criticise that there is no reference to him being Jamaican. From what I know of Dr Shirley, he has never renounced his ‘Jamaicaness’. But this is yet another Jamaican being recognised globally, and it shows that we have been doing it for many years. It is not a recent phenomenon which began with our athletes and reggae artistes,” Miller, a musicologist, told the Jamaica Observer.

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