David O. Russell
‘s Silver Linings Playbook
got a boost in the Oscar race as was named the top audience prize winner in Toronto on Sunday.
The idiosyncratic blend of comedy and drama went on to become a sleeper hit at TIFF which took everyone by surprise.
A perfectly calibrated comedy which stars Bradley Cooper
and Jennifer Lawrence
has won the BlackBerry People’s Choice Award – contenders included Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Ben Affleck’s Argo, the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas and Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder.
The other big winner was the ultra-violent black comedy Seven Psychopaths
– Martin McDonagh
‘s latest film about dogknapping and screenwriting won the People’s Choice Midnight Madness award.
Here’s the full list via TIFF.net
BlackBerry People’s Choice Award
Silver Linings Playbook
directed by David O. Russell
Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles and Jennifer Lawrence star in this acerbic comedy-drama from David O. Russell (The Fighter), about a former high-school teacher who returns to his family home after eight months in a mental institution and begins to slowly rebuild his life.
Runners Up: Ben Affleck’s Argo and Eran Riklis’ Zaytoun
BlackBerry People’s Choice Documentary Award
directed by Bartholomew Cubbins
Telling harsh truths about the modern music business, Artifact gives intimate access to singer/actor Jared Leto and his band Thirty Seconds to Mars as they battle their label in a brutal lawsuit and record their album This Is War. The film is a true artifact of our times, as its subjects struggle with big questions over art, money and integrity.
Runners Up: Christopher Nelius & Justin McMillan’s Storm Surfers 3D and Rob Stewart’s Revolution
BlackBerry People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award
directed by Martin McDonagh
A screenwriter (Colin Farrell) struggling to write a serial-killer script gets more real-life inspiration than he can handle when a dognapping scheme gone awry brings a galaxy of crazies to his doorstep. A top-notch cult-movie cast — including Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits, Harry Dean Stanton — anchors this wacky, blood-spattered commentary on the psycho-killer thriller from the writer-director of In Bruges.
Runners Up: Barry Levinson’s The Bay and Don Coscarelli’s John Dies at the End
City of Toronto + Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature
directed by Xavier Dolan
Skyy Vodka Award For Best Canadian First Feature Film
directed by Brandon Cronenberg
(tie) Blackbird directed by Jason Buxton
FIPRESCI Prize For Special Presentations
In the House
(Dans la maison) directed by Francois Ozon
FIPRESCI Prize For Discovery Programme
directed by Mikael Marcimain
Best Canadian Short Film
Keep a Modest Head
directed by Deco Dawson
: Mike Clattenburg’s Crackin’ Down Hard
NETPAC Award for the Best First or Second Feature
The Land of Hope
directed by Sion Sono
Source: First Showing