Silver Linings Playbook wins the People’s Choice Award at TIFF (despite the lame name)

Silver Linings Playbook wins the People’s Choice Award at TIFF (despite the lame name)

TIFF differs from Cannes and Venice in that it’s not in a glamorous European city its major awards are chosen by audiences rather than by a jury. So, while critics and industry types raved about Argo, it was David O. Russell’s romantic comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook that took home the BlackBerry People’s Choice Award—plus $15,000, which we imagine the celebrated director doesn’t exactly need, but will certainly appreciate. Ben Affleck will have to content himself with runner-up status (according to Roger Ebert, Oscar season will likely ease Affleck’s pain). Finally, Eran Riklis’s Zaytoun was second runner-up as crowd favourite. Here are the rest of the awards handed out this year at TIFF, and the films that won them:

• The BlackBerry People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award went to Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths

• The BlackBerry People’s Choice Documentary Award went to Bartholomew Cubbins’s Artifact

The Award for Best Canadian Short Film went to Deco Dawson’s Keep a Modest Head

• The City of Toronto and Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film went to Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways

• The SKYY Vodka Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film was a tie between Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral and Jason Buxton’s Blackbird

• The Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations went to François Ozon’s Dans la maison (In the House)

• The Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for the Discovery program was awarded to Mikael Marcimain’s Call Girl

• The NETPAC Award for the Best First or Second Feature World or International Asian Film Premiere went to Sion Sono’s The Land of Hope

• The inaugural winner of the Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award was Rola Nashef for Detroit Unleaded