Winners // 2018 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

The end of the festival marks a major awards season win for Peter Farrelly's Green Book.



Thought Telluride and Venice come before it, the festival season's most notable moment comes when the Toronto International Film Festival names its People's Choice Award. Over the past couple of decades, this award has signified a major player in the coming awards season, with past winners like La La Land, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, and 12 Years a Slave going on to major awards gold.


This year's festival has been shinier than recent years thanks to major premieres and anticipated screenings. Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, A Star is Born, brought about the heftiest praise and star power as the film's star Lady Gaga lit up the red carpet. The film was well received by critics and was expected to be a major contender for the People's Choice Award.


Netflix has entered the festival circuit in a major way with Alfonso Cuarón's Roma. The film picked up the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and earned praise at Telluride before showing up at TIFF. It's considered one of the best guesses for the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.


Other major titles that earned raves include Barry Jenkins' follow-up to Moonlight: If Beale Street Could Talk, based on the James Baldwin novel, Beautiful Boy, featuring an awards-worthy performance by Timothée Chalamet, and Green Book, the surprising earnest film from Peter Farrelly, starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. That latter film had been hinted at as a possible awards contender, with many banking on Mortensen and Ali earning enough praise for a successful Oscar campaign. But, it surprised as the People's Choice Award winner, with If Beale Street Could Talk and Roma serving as firs and second runners-up, respectively.


While the People's Choice Award winner typically earns a Best Picture nod later in the season, it's also an easy bet for the possible Oscar winner. Like 12 Years a Slave, other Best Picture winners that won the People's Choice Award include American Beauty, Chariots of Fire, and Slumdog Millionaire.


Complete list of winners:


PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD


GREEN BOOK

Dir. Peter Farrelly


PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD FIRST RUNNER UP


IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Dir. Barry Jenkins


PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD SECOND RUNNER UP


ROMA

Dir. Alfonso Cuarón


PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD: DOCUMENTARY


FREE SOLO

Dirs. E. Chair Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin


PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD: DOCUMENTARY FIRST RUNNER UP


THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

Dir. Tom Donahue


PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD: DOCUMENTARY SECOND RUNNER UP


THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM

John Chester


PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD: MIDNIGHT MADNESS


THE MAN WHO FEELS NO PAIN

Dir. Vasan Bala


PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD: MIDNIGHT MADNESS FIRST RUNNER UP


HALLOWEEN

Dir. David Gordon Green


PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD: MIDNIGHT MADNESS SECOND RUNNER UP


ASSASSINATION NATION

Dir. Sam Levinson


PLATFORM PRIZE


CITIES OF LAST THINGS

Dir. Ho Wi Ding


BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM


THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE

Dir. Sébastien Pilote


BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM


BROTHERHOOD

Dir. Meryam Joobeur


BEST CANADIAN FIRST FEATURE FILM


ROADS IN FEBRUARY

Dir. Katherine Jerkovic


FIPRESCI DISCOVERY PRIZE


FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY

Dir. Carmel Winters


FIPRESCI SPECIAL PRESENTATION


SKIN

Dir. Guy Nattiv


BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM


THE FIELD

Dir. Sandhya Suri


NETPAC AWARD FOR WORLD OR INTERNATIONAL ASIAN FILM PREMIERE


THE THIRD WIFE

Dir. Ash Mayfair


EURIMAGES AUDENTIA AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR


FIG TREE

Dir. Alamork Davidian




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