It’s been a while. You probably have to go back as far as Crash in 2005, or maybe even Chicago in 2002, to find a best picture Oscar winner that’s as dubious, divisive and, frankly, weak as Green Book.

Irrespective of actual dramatic quality, this is a film that arrived into the Oscar race heavily front-loaded with awkward issues and problems. Pitched as the “true life” story of a slowly evolving bond between an African-American musician, Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), and his bigoted Italian-American bodyguard, Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, as they tour the Deep South in 1962, it was almost immediately decried by the surviving relatives of Shirley. They rubbished the idea of a transformative pivotal bond between the two men and were scathing about…