TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 16: TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey and TIFF Director & CEO Piers Handling speak on stage at the 2018 TIFF Awards Ceremony at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 16, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
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‘Green Book’ Takes Audience Award at TIFF 2018

Green Book, a sleeper hit among the big hits of Toronto International Film Festival, won the event’s People’s Choice Award. In previous years, TIFF’s audience prize has launched the trajectory of several films, among them Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, The King’s Speech, American Beauty and Chariots of Fire. In 2016, the prize went to La La Land, while last year’s award went to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. All of these were nominated to Golden Globes, and many of them won.

Green Book, a sort of Driving Miss Daisy in reverse, follows the journey of an illustrious musian and composer (Mahershala Ali) touring the 1960s’American South while driven by an Italian-American bouncer-turned-chauffeur (Viggo Mortensen). Peter Farrely, half of the Farrely Brothers of Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary fame, directed and co-wrote Green Book.


Full list of awards:

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 DiscoveryFloat 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


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