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TIFF People's Choice Award launches Green Book into the Oscar race

Source: EW

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With the People’s Choice Award in hand, Green Book now occupies pole position ...

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Peter Farrelly's 1960s-set biographical drama Green Book has cleared a major hurdle in this year's awards race, emerging from the Toronto International Film Festival with the prestigious People's Choice Award — an accolade that often precedes placement among the Academy Awards' Best Picture nominees.

The film, which follows classical pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his New York City-born driver Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) as they tour the American South, beat out competition for the otherwise non-competitive festival's attendee-driven prize from critically lauded titles including Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born, and Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk.

2018 marks the first year in TIFF history that voting for the the People's Choice Award took place entirely online, with the festival also opening the contest to everyone with access to its website — including non-patrons. This could have skewed voting totals in favor of celebrity-driven projects like the Lady Gaga-starring A Star Is Born (which is also seen as a major Oscar contender thanks to enthusiastic reception on the festival circuit thus far), though Green Book's victory speaks to its crowd-pleasing potential ahead of what's shaping up to be a contentious awards battle.

With the People's Choice Award in hand, Green Book now occupies pole position as the three-pronged, Oscar-priming arm of the fall festival circuit — Telluride, Venice, and Toronto — concludes. Since 2008, nine of the last 10 People's Choice Award winners, including 12 Years a Slave and Slumdog Millionaire, have gone on to win or be nominated for the Academy's Best Picture statuette, the only exception being Nadine Labaki's 2011's drama Where Do We Go Now?

Last year, Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri began its Oscar bid with a TIFF People's Choice Award victory before scoring seven total Academy Award nominations. It would go on to win two: for lead actress Frances McDormand and supporting actor Sam Rockwell. Reigning Best Picture The Shape of Water did not place among the top three finalists for the People's Choice Award.

For now, Green Book will have to translate its support out of Toronto into further precursor affection as it faces the next round of nationwide critics in anticipation of its Nov. 21 theatrical bow. With near-universal acclaim from festival press, it's likely that year-end critics' groups and guilds already have their eyes on the project for their upcoming awards ceremonies. Mortensen and Ali received particular praise from film journalists following Green Book's Sept. 11 world premiere at TIFF, meaning acting nominations could be on the horizon for the onscreen pair.

In addition to Green Book, A Star Is Born, Beale Street, and Roma, titles that made significant strides on the Oscar circuit at TIFF include the gay conversion drama Boy Erased, Melissa McCarthy's Marielle Heller-directed Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Viola Davis' Widows, Timothée Chalamet's drug addiction drama Beautiful Boy, Nicole Kidman's transformative slow-burn crime story Destroyer, and Ryan Gosling's Neil Armstrong biopic First Man

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Viggo Mortensen Becomes Best Actor Frontrunner as Green Book Wins People’s Choice Award in Toronto

Source: Awards Daily



One thing that is definitely possible is that Viggo Mortensen could finally win an Oscar he’s a bit overdue for now.

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Green Book, as predicted by Kris Tapley, has taken the People's Choice Audience Award at Toronto. Runners up were If Beale Street Could Talk and Roma. One thing that is definitely possible is that Viggo Mortensen could finally win an Oscar he's a bit overdue for now. The history of this kind of award often does lead to acting wins – like Three Billboards, La La Land, Room, Silver Linings, King's Speech, 12 Years a Slave, etc. In almost every case, the winner or even runner up of these awards wins an acting prize. So this could be Viggo's year at last.

As you all know, this puts Green Book in line for a Best Picture nomination (not necessarily a win, but maybe). The history for either winners or runners-up is spotty but not entirely unreliable. Is Green Book Slumdog Millionaire? Is it Silver Linings Playbook? Is it Argo? Is it the King's Speech? It is too soon to know. Just as many films have won Best Picture and not showed up as a winner or a nominee. Two out of the three seems to be the norm.

The acting, however, is a little more reliable. Precious: Supporting Actress, Screenplay, King's Speech: Picture, Actor, Screenplay, Director, Silver Linings: Actress, 12 Years: Picture, Supporting Actress, Screenplay, Imitation Game: Screenplay, Room: Actress, La La Land: Actress, Director, etc., Three Billboards: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor.

Mahershala Ali could also win a second Oscar in supporting, and very well might — but I'd think Viggo gets the bump because he's never won before.

Free Solo won documentary.

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Green Book, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, wins TIFF People's Choice prize!

Source: CBC

WOW! Congratulations to everyone involved with this movie! What an honor!! What a response by the audiences!!


Peter Farrelly's Green Book is the big winner of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

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The road-trip comedy-drama starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen snapped up the top audience-selected People's Choice Award on the final day of the film festival.

The movie is based on a true story of musician Don Shirley's 1962 tour of the American South, with the celebrated black pianist hiring a white driver, Tony Vallelonga, because he is unable to travel safely alone.

Green Book earned kudos from critics at TIFF for the crowd-pleasing, odd-couple interplay between Ali and Mortensen, beating out two of the most buzzworthy titles of the festival: Barry Jenkins's If Beale Street Could Talk and Alfonso Cuaron's Roma.

Farrelly, best known for co-directing outrageous comedies like Shallow Hal, There's Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber, was not on hand to accept the award Sunday, but sent a statement read by TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey.

"I'm still reeling over the response to the film, so this is just incredible. Thanks so much to the festival: I was truly honoured just to be accepted into it, but to actually win is beyond my wildest dreams," he wrote.
"Now I see why everyone says the audiences in Toronto are the best in the world."

TIFF's People's Choice Award is considered an early barometer for further kudos and consideration during the upcoming film awards season this winter.

Past winners in recent years have included Room, 12 Years a Slave, La La Land and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which subsequently went on to earn recognition at the Oscars.

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Viggo Interview at TIFF

Found By: Chrissie

Flickering Myth's interview with Viggo on the red carpet at TIFF:

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More "Green Book" Press Conference

Found By: Chrissie

Some images from the "Green Book" press conference on 12 September 2018:

Images © Getty & TIFF.

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