By John H. Foote

In a huge swelling of love, Green Book has been named the People’s Choice Award Winner at TIFF. The surprise winning film was adored by all who saw it, a beautiful, compassionate, warm often very funny film about the unlikely friendship between a tough bouncer and a gifted musician.

Hired to drive a black musician through the American South in the early sixties, Viggo Mortenson shines as Tony. The absolute frontrunner for Best Actor, Mortenson is spectacular in the film. Matching him step of the way as the elegant musician Don, is Mahershala Ali, also an Oscar contender.

History has shown that this award often translates into an Oscar for Best Picture, which at this writing means Green Book is the favourite for the top Academy Award.

Audience favourite A Star is Born finished fourth.

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