Best Picture Winner ‘Green Book’ and Best Picture Nominee ‘Roma’ Were Produced by Florida State Graduate Jonathan King

FSU alum Jonathan King (’92) was the executive producer for two of this year’s Best Picture nominees: “Roma” and “Green Book.” “Green Book” won, beating out other competitors “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice.”

Only a limited number of a movie’s producers can be officially listed on an Oscar nomination, so King didn’t get to speak at the podium. However, Participant Media, the company King works for, was the first to be thanked.

King oversees development and production of narrative feature films at Participant, which focuses on producing films that create social awareness and change. Among his many credits, King also developed Best Picture winners “Lincoln” and “Spotlight,” and “A Fantastic Woman,” which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film last year.

“Green Book” was also nominated for Best Leading Actor (Viggo Mortensen), and won for Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali, who also won Best Supporting Actor for “Moonlight”).

The movie has another kind of local connection. One of the hotels listed in the real “Green Book” was in Thomasville, Ga. An effort is underway to restore the building.

SOURCE: Tallahassee Democrat – Randi Atwood

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