The audience has spoken, and the controversial satire “Jojo Rabbit” has been honoured with the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the 2019 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.
The latest from actor-director Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”), “Jojo Rabbit” tells the comedic tale of a young German boy during the Second World War whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler (played by Waititi), and features a cast including Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson and Thomasin McKenzie.
The People’s Choice Award is the highest honour at TIFF, which concludes on Sunday, Sept. 15.
The first runner-up for the award was director Noah Baumbach’s “A Marriage Story”, while the second runner-up was Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite”.
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, TIFF’s audience award has been seen as a predictor for Oscar glory; last year’s winner, Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book”, went on to win the Best Picture honours at this year’s Academy Awards.
Other TIFF 2019 audience awards went to Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s “The Platform”, which won the Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award, and Ferras Fayyad’s “The Cave”, winner of the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award.