David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook won the Blackberry People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, which concluded with a ceremony this afternoon. Based on Matthew Quick’s darkly comic novel, the film follows a mentally unstable former teacher (Bradley Cooper) who moves in with his parents and befriends a young widow (Jennifer Lawrence).
Along with Ben Affleck’s Argo (the first runner up for the People’s Choice Award) and J.A. Bayona’s The Impossible, Playbook emerges from the festival as a strong Oscar contender thanks to buzz from glowing reviews and enthusiastic audience responses. Other winners at the fest include Midnight Madness champion Seven Psychopaths, written and directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), plus FIPRESCI prize winners Dans la maison (In the house), a French drama by Francois Ozon, and Mikael Marcimain’s Call Girl.
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