Toronto Film Festival Winners 2018: ‘Green Book’ Surprises with the People’s Choice Award Win

Green Book Wins Toronto Film Festival
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in ‘Green Book’ (Photo by Patti Perret © 2018 Universal Studios and Storyteller Distribution)

With Peter Farrelly’s Green Book scoring an unexpected win at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in the coveted People’s Choice category, the drama’s solidified its shot at Oscar glory. A People’s Choice Award win all but guarantees a Best Picture Oscar nomination, and now Universal Pictures will have to kick up the film’s awards season campaign a few notches.

Peter Farrelly, one half of the sibling filmmaking team behind What About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, and Hall Pass, made his solo feature film directing debut with TIFF winner. Green Book is based on a true story and stars Viggo Mortensen as a bouncer who drives a world class pianist (Mahershala Ali) on his concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South during the racially-charged 1960s. The film was embraced by Toronto Film Festival audiences and currently sits at 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Green Book was written by Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Currie. Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco, Dimiter D. Marinov, and P.J. Byrne co-star in the drama. Universal Pictures is targeting a November 21, 2018 theatrical release.

2018 Toronto Film Festival Winners:

  • People’s Choice Award – Green Book
    First runner-up: If Beale Street Could Talk
    Second runner-up: ROMA
  • People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award – The Man Who Feels No Pain (Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota)
    First runner-up: Halloween
    Second runner-up: Assassination Nation
  • People’s Choice Documentary Award – Free Solo
    First runner-up: This Changes Everything
    Second runner-up: The Biggest Little Farm
  • Platform Prize – Cities of Last Things
    Honourable Mention: The River
  • FIPRESCI Prize for Special Presentations – Skin
    Honourable Mention: A Faithful Man
  • FIPRESCI Prize for Discovery – Float Like a Butterfly
    Honourable Mention: Twin Flower
  • NETPAC Award – The Third Wife
    Honourable Mention: The Crossing
  • Eurimages Audentia Award for Best Female Director – Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian’s Fig Tree
  • Best Canadian First Feature Film – Katherine Jerkovic’s Roads in February (Les routes en février)
  • Best Canadian Feature Film – Sebastien Pilote’s The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles)
  • Best Canadian Short Film – Brotherhood
  • Best Short Film – The Field