David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” won the Blackberry People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Previous winners of the fest’s most notable prize include “The King’s Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Precious,” and the award has generally been a considerable good luck charm for Oscar.
“Linings” beat out Ben Affleck’s “Argo” and Eran Riklis’s “Zaytoun,” which were runners-up in the category.
Xavier Dolan’s “Laurence Anyways” won the festival’s top juried prize for Best Canadian Feature. This comes four years after Dolan’s debut feature, “I Killed My Mother,” somewhat shockingly lost the prize for Best Canadian First Feature at the festival.
“Anyways” most notably beat out Sarah Polley’s acclaimed “Stories We Tell,” which went home empty handed.
The complete list of winners is below.
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People’s Choice Award:
“Silver Linings Playbook,” directed by David O. Russell
Runners-up: “Argo,” directed by Ben Affleck and “Zaytoun,” directed by Eran Riklis
People’s Choice Award For Documentary:
“Artifact,” directed by Bartholomew Cubbins
Runners-up: “Storm Surfers 3D,” directed by Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan,” and “Revolution,” directed by Rob Stewart
People’s Choice Award For Midnight Madness:
“Seven Psychopaths,” directed by Martin McDonagh
Runners-up: “The Bay,” directed by Barry Levinson and “John Dies at the End,” directed by Don Coscarelli
Best Canadian Feature Film:
“Laurence Anyways,” directed by Xavier Dolan
Best Canadian First Feature Film:
“Antiviral,” directed by Brandon Cronenberg and “Blackbird,” directed by Jason Buxton (TIE)
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations Section:
“In The House,” directed by Francois Ozon
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Discovery Section:
“Call Girl,” directed by Mikael Marcimain
NETPAC Award For Best Asian Film:
“The Land of Hope,” directed by Sion Sono
Award For Best Canadian Short Film:
“Keep a Modest Head,” directed by Deco Dawson