Surprise! The Toronto Film Festival audiences have voted for his or her favorite film.
It has not been Kesha and Bradley Cooper in ” A Star is Born” or Ryan Gosling in “First Man” or Michael Moore’s anti Trump doc “Fahrenheit 11-9.”
The winner on the Audience Award was Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book,” a kind of “Driving Miss Daisy” for that new generation. Viggo Mortensen stars for an Italian bouncer from the South, circa early 60s, that has they are driving around a famous musician, played by Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. They often use the “Green Book” a self-help guide to restaurants and motels were blacks were allowed.
“Green Book” is now certainly a principal Oscar contender. It turned out shown at TIFF toward the completed, after many critics had left. But audiences loved it.
The runners-up were Barry Jenkins’ excellent “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” as both versions usually tend Oscar candidates too. Grolsch shows the Audience Award and pays the winning director $15,000.
Farrelly is usually not connected to excellent films, but funny ones and box office hits. His credits include “Dumb and Dumber,” “There’s Something About Mary,” and “Shallow Hal.”
The films that lost the Grolsch award will absolutely be Oscar contenders. Though the studios that caused them to be have become a good marketing referendum here. Listeners didn’t opt for them despite critical raves.
“Green Book” shall be released on November 21st by Dreamworks/Amblin, a similar mini-studio which also has “First Man.”
Here’s the whole listing of winners:
IWC Short Cuts Awards C Canadian:??Brotherhood
IWC Short Cuts Awards- International:??The Field
Canadian First Feature:?Roads In February
Canadian Feature Film:?The Fireflies Are Gone
Fipresci Jury Award C Discovery:?Float Such as a Butterfly
Fipresci Jury Award C Special Presentations:?Skin
Eurimage Audentia Award? ?C??Fig Tree
NETPAC Award For World or International Asian Premiere:? The Third Wife
Toronto Platform Prize:?Cities Of Last Things
Grolsch People’s Choice Award C ?Midnight Madness:?The Man Who Feels No Pain
Grolsch People’s Choice Award C Documentary:?Free Solo
Grolsch People’s Choice Award:?Green Book