Martin McDonough’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has won the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival’s Grolsch People’s Choice Award.
“Oh boy, this is thrilling,” McDonough said in a written message. “You never know if your film has connected with people. This is brilliant that is has.”
In other key awards handed out on Sunday afternoon (17), Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country claimed the Toronto Platform Prize, while Joseph Kahn’s Bodied won the Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award. Agnès Varda and JR’s Faces Places took the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award.
The City Of Toronto Award For Best Canadian First Feature Film went to Wayne Wapeemukwa’s Luk’ Luk’l, and Robin Aubert’s Les Affamés won the Canada Goose Award For Best Canadian Feature Film.
Full list of winners:
The Grolsch People’s Choice Award
Winner: Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The festival will present a free screening of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at Roy Thomson Hall at 6pm on Sunday evening.
First runner-up: Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya. Second runner-up: Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name
The Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award
Winner: Joseph Kahn’s Bodied.
In a message sent to the ceremony, Kahn said, “You are all beautiful motherfuckers. Thank you to everyone for helping me turn this into a film I couldn’t imagine making.”
First runner-up: James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. Second runner-up: Craig Zahler’s Brawl In Cell Block 99
The Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award
Winner: Agnès Varda and JR’s Faces Places
First runner-up: Long Time Running by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas De Pencier. Second runner-up: Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!
International Jury Awards
Toronto Platform Prize
Winner: Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country
Special mention: Clio Barnard’s Dark River.
Thornton said, “We make films about our past. I am indigenous, I needed to get this out there. There is an alternate history to what we see. For all of us to go forward, we need to understand the past. We can make better decisions. I am very thankful for this. This is a small genesis in me becoming a filmmaker.”
New this year, the festival presents a free screening of Toronto Platform prize-winner Sweet Country at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 17.
Winner – Discovery: Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava
Winner – Special Presentations: Manuel Martín Cuenca’s The Motive (El Autor).
Foroughi said, “I wish for gender equality, peace for everyone, and more humanity, transparency, and freedom for all.”
Winner: Huang Hsin-Yao’s The Great Buddha+
Short film jury awards
IWC Short Cuts Award For Best Canadian Short Film
Winner: Marc-Antoine Lemire’s Pre-Drink
IWC Short Cuts Award For Best Short Film
Winner: Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s The Burden (Min Börda)
Honourable mentions to Matthew Rankin’s The Tesla World Light (Tesla: Lumière Mondiale) and Qiu Yang’s Xiao Cheng Er Yue (A Gentle Night).
Canadian Film Jury Awards
City Of Toronto Award For Best Canadian First Feature Film
Winner: Wayne Wapeemukwa’s Luk’ Luk’l
Honourable mention to Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava.
Canada Goose Award For Best Canadian Feature Film
Winner: Robin Aubert’s Les Affamés
Honourable mention to Simon Lavoie’s The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (La Petite Fille Qui Aimait Trop Les Allumettes).
Tiffany Pritchard contributed to this report.