‘Green Book’ wins People’s Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival

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TORONTO — “Green Book” has won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Peter Farrelly directed the comedy-drama, which stars Mahershala Ali as a classical pianist and Viggo Mortensen as his chauffeur.

The $15,000 People’s Choice prize is sponsored by Grolsch.

The honour is often a predictor of Academy Award success.

Several previous People’s Choice Award winners have gone on to win the best picture Oscar including “12 Years a Slave,” “The King’s Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

The award was handed out today in a ceremony that marked the end of the 11-day festival.

Last year’s People’s Choice winner was “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

The Canadian Press