Martin McDonagh’s, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. It beat out other favorites like The Shape of Water, Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, and Stronger. I, Tonya was first runner-up and Call Me by Your Name was second runner-up.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand as a mother who becomes frustrated by the police’s progress in her daughter’s murder that she rents out three billboards with a message for the town’s police. Also starring Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, the film has already received significant Oscar buzz since its premiere at TIFF.
Fourteen of TIFF’s Audience Award winners have gone on to become Best Picture nominees since 1978, including last year’s La La Land. Five of the prize winners ended up winning Best Picture, Chariots of Fire, American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, and 12 Years a Slave.
The last time a movie won the TIFF Audience Award but failed to earn a Best Picture nomination was Where Do We Go Now in 2010. Three Billboards now gets a major publicity boost and joins the Oscar buzz conversation.
List of TIFF winners:
People’s Choice: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh (Runner-up: I, Tonya, Craig Gillespie. Second runner-up: Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino)
Midnight Madness: Bodied, Joseph Kahn (Runner-up: The Disaster Artist, James Franco)
Documentary: Faces Places, Agnès Varda, JR (Runner-up: Long Time Running, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier)
Best Canadian Short Film: Pre-Drink, Marc-Antoine Lemire
Best Short Film: Min börda, Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Best Canadian First Feature: Luk’Luk’I, Wayne Wapeemukwa
Best Canadian Feature Film: Les Affamés, Robin Aubert
Toronto Platform Prize: Sweet Country, Warwick Thornton