“Green Book” is a familiar setting: a buddy road movie that takes place in the 1960s, exploring race relations in America. But the comedic drama stands out so much that Variety’s chief film critic thinks it can nab a best picture Oscar.

Variety senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister sat down with Owen Gleiberman to discuss “Green Book” — from Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali to Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen, who pulls off arguably the best performance of his entire career, here’s why this film might just beat out “A Star Is Born” at the Academy Awards.

Note: This video is purely from a critic’s point of view. To read how Mortensen’s recent controversy might impact voters’ decisions, click here.