“Green Book,” based on the true story of a white New York nightclub bouncer who works as a bodyguard and becomes close friends with a black musician touring the Deep South in the 1960s, was named Thursday the winner of the Los Angeles Press Club’s Veritas Award.

The award honors films that are based on or inspired by real people or events. “Green Book” is the fourth winner of the award, following previous honorees “The Post,” “Spotlight” and “Hidden Figures.”

In a joint statement, “Green Book” producers Jim Burke, Charles B. Wesseler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga thanked the Press Club for the honor.

“`Green Book’ is a film about love and hope, and we are beyond thrilled that you are acknowledging us,” the producers said. “It is a great privilege to be recognized by such a longstanding, distinguished organization.”

The film has already won a Golden Globe for best musical/comedy film and the Producers Guild of America Award for feature films, and it was one of eight films nominated this week for the Academy Award for best picture. Co-star Mahershala Ali was nominated for best supporting actor for his portrayal of pianist Don Shirley and Viggo Mortensen was nominated for best actor for his portrayal of Shirley’s bodyguard/driver Tony Vallelonga. It was also nominated for best film editing and best original screenplay for Currie, Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, the son of Tony Vallelonga.

The film producers will be honored at the Veritas Award Ceremony on Feb. 21.

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