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“Green Book” Wins L.A. Press Club’s Veritas Award!

The Los Angeles Press Club is thrilled to announce the winner of its 4th annual Veritas Award for the Best Film Based on or Inspired by Real Events and People. This contest is judged by members of the LAPC — based equally upon fidelity of subject matter and artistic excellence.

The overwhelming winner is Universal Pictures Academy Award® nominee Green Book, written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly; directed by Farrelly and starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.

“Thank you Los Angeles Press Club for honoring Green Book with your distinguished Veritas Award. To know that your members, journalists of the highest standards, voted for us to receive this accolade makes it even more meaningful. Green Book is a film about love and hope, and we are beyond thrilled that you are acknowledging us. It is a great privilege to be recognized by such a longstanding, distinguished organization,” said producers Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga in a joint statement.

Green Book, from Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures, is inspired by the story of an unlikely friendship that formed in the early 1960s between Tony Vallelonga (writer Nick’s dad, played by Mortensen), an Italian bouncer, and Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), an African-American pianist and composer. The story begins when Tony is hired to drive Dr. Shirley through the deeply segregated South on a two-month tour.

Along the way the two men gain a new understanding and honest respect for one another. Green Book illuminates the power of empathy and understanding to scale the social and cultural walls that divide us. The film has won multiple awards, including the Producers Guild of America award and the Golden Globe for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy. It has also been nominated for five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture.

“Knowledge is the key to evolution and justice—for society at large and, more poignantly, to us all on a human level. It’s therefore fitting that our members would choose Green Book for the Veritas Award. The film shines a powerful light on America’s painful racial history and reminds us of the inequality that still exists while giving us hope,” said LA Press Club Executive Director Diana Ljungaeus.

A Private War is this year’s runner up. Past winners were SpotlightHidden Figures and The Post.

The Veritas Award Ceremony is planned for Thursday, February 21. Further details, tickets and sponsorship opportunities will be available at LAPressClub.org.

The Los Angeles Press Club stands as an organization devoted to improving the spirit of journalism and journalists, raising the industry’s standards, strengthening its integrity and improving its reputation all for the benefit of the community at large. Serving the Southland since 1913, it is the only Southern California journalism group that speaks for all journalists working for daily and weekly newspapers, radio & TV, magazines, documentary films and online.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.