Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival handed out its annual awards. Of special note each year is their Audience Award. Known as the Grolsch People’s Choice Award, it almost always signifies a major Oscar contender. The past two years, the prize went to “La La Land” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” TIFF has given five Best Picture winners this prize too, as “12 Years a Slave,” “American Beauty,” “Chariots of Fire,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Slumdog Millionaire” won the big prize after winning at Toronto. Now, they’ve crowned a new Audience/People’s champion, and it’s “Green Book.”

Even before the festival began, “A Star is Born” was tipped as the likely Audience Award recipient. Partly due to Lady Gaga fans and partly due to the raves it has received, this seemed like a no brainer. Well, that’s not what happened. In fact, Bradley Cooper‘s movie wasn’t even one of the runners up. Those happened to be Alfonso Cuaron‘s “Roma” and Barry Jenkins‘ “If Beale Street Could Talk.” As you saw above, Peter Farrelly‘s “”Green Book” won the honor. This is a big boost for the film. Now, it really does seem poised to crash the Academy Award party in a notable way. “A Star is Born” will be just fine, while “Green Book” definitely benefits from this moment in the sun.

Here are all of the TIFF awards, including the top prize that “Green Book” took home:

  • Best Canadian Short Film: “Brotherhood,” Meryam Joobeur
  • Best Short Film: “The Field,” Sandhya Suri
  • City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film: “Roads in February,” Katherine Jerkovic
  • Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: “The Fireflies Are Gone,” Sebastien Pilote
  • FIPRESCI Prize for Discovery: “Float Like A Butterfly,” Carmel Winters
  • FIPRESCI Prize for Special Presentations: “Skin,” Guy Nattiv
  • Eurimages Audentia Award for Best Female Director: Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian, “Fig Tree”
  • NETPAC Award: “The Third Wife,” Ash Mayfair (Vietnam)
  • Toronto Platform Prize: “City of Last Things,” Wi Ding Ho
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
  • Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: “The Man Who Feels No Pain,” Vasan Bala
  • Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award: “Free Solo,” E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
  • Grolsch People’s Choice Award: “Green Book,” Peter Farrelly

WILL “GREEN BOOK” BENEFIT FROM THIS PRIZE? DISCUSS IN THE COMMENTS!