Today, David O’Russell’s comedy Silver Linings Playbook has been named the BlackBerry People’s Choice Award winner at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, the crowd-pleasing film centres on a bipolar former teacher who meets a troubled widow as he tries to reconcile with his wife, after his release from a mental hospital.
This is the second win this month for the producers of the film, The Weinstein brothers. Their other buzz-generating movie, The Master, won best director and best actors at Venice Film Festival last week.
Some TIFF winners, such as Chariots of Fire, American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech, went on to dominate the coveted Oscars, so most likely we will be hearing more about Silver Linings Playbook in the upcoming awards season.
The BlackBerry People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award went to Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths. This award is reserved for films that were screened at the Festival’s Midnight screenings sidebar, such as horror movies.
Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken and Abbie Cornish, the dark comedy follows a screenwriter who inadvertently gets entangled in a Los Angeles underworld crime.