'Silver Lining's Playbook' wins Audience Award at TIFF
The audience award, which is the festival's highest honor and is determined by festivalgoers, has been one of the better harbingers of Oscar success since it was first presented in 1978. Almost all of its 34 previous winners went on to garner attention from the Academy. Collectively, they have accounted for 105 Oscar nominations, including 10 for best picture and nine for best foreign language film. 39 of those nominations resulted in Oscar wins, including four for best picture (Chariots of Fire, American Beauty,Slumdog Millionaire, and The King's Speech). This has helped to cement TIFF’s reputation as one of the first important stops on the awards trail, along with the Telluride Film Festival that precedes it by a week.
Silver Linings was thought to be a serious contender for the audience award ever since it premiered at the fest two Saturday nights ago. It was one of only a small handful of films to receive a standing ovation this year -- festivalgoers here give them out far less easily than their counterparts at Cannes or Venice -- with the others being Juan Antonio Bayona'sThe Impossible; Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer's Cloud Atlas; Nikolaj Arcel's A Royal Affair; Ben Lewin's The Sessions; and Wayne Blair'sThe Sapphires.
Based on the buzz out of Toronto, it seems likely that the film will be a serious contender for Oscar nominations in the following categeories: best picture, best director (Russell), best actor (Cooper), best actress (Lawrence), best supporting actor (De Niro), best supporting actress (Weaver), and best adapted screenplay (Russell).
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