“Green Book” Scores Big Win at Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival just wrapped up, and it gave us several promising movies that could snatch the Academy Award in February. Green Book joined the search for the next Oscar front-runner after winning the People’s Choice Award at the prestigious festival.

This feel-good buddy dramedy tells the story of classical pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his driver Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), who accompanies him on a tour in the Deep South during the ‘60s.

This promising project will hit theaters on November 21, and its victory in Toronto is a huge deal. Winners of People’s Choice Award have been part of the Oscar race on numerous occasions in the past and even scooped Best Picture several times. 12 Years a Slave, The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire are some of the films to score both awards.

People’s Choice Awards are voted on by TIFF attendees, who vote online or by placing their ticket stubs in a box at the theater. Green Book won them over this year, but it wasn’t the only movie they fell in love with. If Beale Street Could Talk by Barry Jenkins was the first runner-up, and it was followed by Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma.