There was at least one Academy Awards party in New Bern Sunday night, with singer Von Lewis sporting an Oscar smile.

It was all about the “Green Book,” the somewhat surprise film of the year that has been raking in accolades since the Golden Globes – capping it off with a Hollywood ending and Best Picture award.

Although he didn't attend the awards, no one was happier than Lewis, who opens the film as 1960s pop star Bobby Rydell, singing "Old Black Magic" at the famous New York City nightspot, the Copacabana.

“I am beside myself - indescribable. Unmeasurable,” he said afterwards. “I am so grateful to be a part of this picture that has touched the world.”

He and his wife Abbey are well-known as the Lewis n Clark singing duo.

They had friends over to their house Sunday night and celebrated.

“I remain thankful for friends and family support,” he said. “I am most proud it got best picture, because I open that picture. I look forward to the next project and how this will help Lewis n Clark.”

It was quite a weekend for the family, with a sold-out Burt Bacharach show with Craven Concerts at Orringer Auditorium on Saturday night, followed by the Sunday evening festivities.

But, those were trumped by an even bigger announcement from the expecting couple.

“We found out we are having a boy,” he added. “That is the most exciting, and will be my greatest expedition yet.”

He and Abbey are on a roll as a dazzling singing duo.

They have a sold-out show at Carolina Colours later this week.

There are still tickets for a show at River Bend Country Club on Saturday, with a fundraising show for Pitt Community College at the Greenville airport on March 15.

They are also planning on bringing some stars for a September show in New Bern.

The movie also won Best Original Screenplay and got a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Mahershala Ali, who played black pianist Donald Shirley.

“Green Book” tells the unlikely, but basically true story of the friendship between Shirley and Tony Vallelonga, played by Viggo Mortensen. Tony is a working-class Italian-American from the Bronx who was hired to chauffeur the New York musician on a 1962 tour of the Jim Crow South.

The film has taken in more than $144 million worldwide, according to the tracking web site boxofficemojo.com

 

Charlie Hall can be reached at 252-635-5667 or 252-259-7585, or charlie.hall@newbernsj.com. Follow him on Facebook at Charlie Hall.