‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Wins the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival
The Toronto Film Festival is over for another year, leaving offbeat romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook, David O Russell‘s follow-up to the Oscar-winning The Fighter, with the top prize; the people’s choice award. Read about that, and the other winners, here.
And there’s already speculation that the award could be indicative of future success at the Oscars, following in the footsteps of The King’s Speech, Precious and Slumdog Millionaire. Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper, Chris Tucker, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Stiles, Robert De Niro.
The Guardian‘s Henry Barnes described Silver Linings Playbook as “a winsome, if patchy romantic comedy” in a three-star review, adding: “[It is] slight, a tiny bit cowardly – jogging, not racing to the touchline. Either way, it scores.”
Martin McDonagh‘s Seven Psychopaths, starring Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken, won the audience award in the Midnight Madness selection. The film reunited McDonagh and Farrell following the critically acclaimed In Bruges four years ago, and is set in Los Angeles, following screenwriters and mobsters on-screen. It’s been described as “Tarantino-esque”.
Here’s what McDonagh had to say, via CinemaBlend:
“We were so thrilled to be a part of the Toronto Film Festival, to take part in the crazy fun of a Midnight Madness screening, and now so honored to be given the People’s Choice Award. On behalf of the cast I’d like to thank everyone who voted, and everyone involved in the festival, from the programmers to the volunteers. It felt like most democratic film festival I’ve ever been to, and we had such a blast being there.”
The people’s choice award for best documentary was awarded to Artifact from director Bartholemew Cubbins – a pseudonym for actor Jared Leto. It’s the story behind the making of the album This Is War by Leto‘s band 30 Seconds to Mars and the group’s battle with record label Virgin/EMI in 2008 and 2009.
Sweden’s Call Girl won the International Federation of Film Critics‘ (Fipresci) prize for best title in the Discovery program. Mikael Marcimain‘s political thriller is based on a real-life prostitution scandal that threatened to topple the Swedish government in the 70s.
So, what do you reckon about the winners? Good choices?