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New Englanders Peter Farrelly, Brian Currie honored for best picture ‘Green Book’

From left, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga accept the original screenplay Oscar for “Green Book.”Kevin Winter/Getty Images/Getty Images

Peter Farrelly, Brian Currie, and Nick Vallelonga — co-writers of buddy comedy/race-relations drama “Green Book” — won the Oscar for best original screenplay at Sunday’s ceremony.

Two out of the three have local ties. Farrelly, who also directed the Best Picture nominee, hails from Cumberland, R.I., and graduated from Providence College; Currie, meanwhile, was raised in Peabody.

In his acceptance speech, Farrelly thanked “the entire state of Rhode Island” amid a stream of thank-yous. Notably, he shouted out his brother Bobby Farrelly — alongside whom he directed and produced comedies like “Dumb and Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary” — saying Bobby “got me into the business,” and adding, “I’m nothing without you.”


Currie did not speak onstage, but in an interview with the Globe last fall, he talked at length about his hopes for “Green Book” as a feel-good story that focuses more on how far America has come in terms of racial equity than how far it has to go.

“We didn’t want half the crowd to hate the other half, for people to feel awful about themselves,” he said in that interview. “There are movies out there that deal with [racism like] that and should, and I respect the heck out of them. But we wanted people to come out of our movie with a smile on their face.”

Isaac Feldberg can be reached by email at isaac.feldberg@globe.com, or on Twitter at @isaacfeldberg.