This year, the People’s Choice Award went to Green Book directed by Peter Farrelly. Award-winning actors Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen star in the film, which tells the story of a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes a job chauffeuring an African American classical pianist across the American South in the 1960s. The first runner-up was Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, while the second runner-up was announced as Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma.
Peter Farrelly is probably best known for his comedy films including Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and Shallow Hal.
The People’s Choice Award, which is voted for through audience balloting, is seen as the best indicator of which film is set to storm the Academy Awards, effectively starting the Oscars Race. The most recent winners of the award have been Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, La La Land and Room.
The Toronto International Film Festival, known by the moniker TIFF, is a prestigious event that takes place every year. Along with Berlin and Cannes, it’s seen as one of the “Big Three” film festivals. Films that generated a lot of buzz from critics were A Star Is Born, Her Smell and Widows.
Words by Steph Green