The Toronto Film Festival's People's Choice Award did not go to Lady Gaga 's "A Star Is Born," Timothée Chalamet's "Beautiful Boy," or Robert Pattinson's "High Life." It also missed buzzy "First Man," "The Front Runner," or "Roma."
Instead, the win went to "Green Book" -- starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, and directed by Peter Farrelly. Yes, "Dumb and Dumber" Peter Farrelly.
The film follows an Italian-American bouncer (Mortensen) and an African-American pianist (Ali) who confront racism and danger while taking a road trip through the Deep South in 1962.
As TheWrap noted, nine of the last 10 TIFF People's Choice winners have gone on to receive Oscar Best Picture nominations, and three have won.
This was the first year that TIFF moved voting online, as opposed to voting by ticket stubs at the theater. That led some to suspect a popularity contest was ahead, since fans of Gaga, Chalamet, and Pattinson -- among others -- lobbied for fans to vote multiple times for their favorites. But TIFF took pains to try and prevent "mass campaign voting."
Still, "Green Book" was apparently a surprise win, and it automatically launches the film into early Oscar contention.
Here's the list of TIFF winners:
Grolsch People’s Choice Award: “Green Book,” Peter Farrelly
Runners-up: “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins; “Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron
People’s Choice Documentary Award: “Free Solo,” E. Chai Vasarhelvi and Jimmy Chin
Runners-up: “This Changes Everything,” Tom Donahue; “The Biggest Little Farm,” John Chester
People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: “The Man Who Feels No Pain,” Vasan Bala
Runners-up: “Halloween,” David Gordon Green; “Assassination Nation,” Sam Levinson
Platform Prize: “Cities of Last Things,” Ho Wi Ding
Special Mention: “The River,” Emir Baigazin
Eurimage Audentia Award for Best Female Director: “Fig Tree,” Aalam-Warge Davidian
Best Canadian Feature Film: “The Fireflies Are Gone,” Sebastien Pilote
Best Canadian First Feature: “Roads in February,” Katherine Jerkovic
International Critic (FIPRESCI) Prize for Special Presentations: “Skin,” Guy Nattiv
International Critic (FIPRESCI) Prize for Discovery program: “Float Like a Butterfly,” Carmel Winters
NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film: “The Third Wife,” Ash Mayfair
Special mention: “The Crossing,” Bai Xue
Short Cuts Award for International Short Film: “The Field,” Sandhya Suri
Honorable Mentions: “F— You,” Anette Sidor; “This Magnificent Cake!,” Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels
Short Cuts Award for Canadian Short Film: “Brotherhood,” Meryam Joobeur
Honorable Mention: “Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
Check out the "Green Book" trailer. The film is scheduled to open in theaters November 21st.
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