The Hunger Games cast’s various film projects are having a great run during festival season. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s The Master won multiple awards at the Venice Film Festival, and today Jennifer Lawrence’s Silver Linings Playbook took home the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
With awards being handed out today, it has been announced that “Silver Linings Playbook” has taken the coveted, viewer-voted prize. And it’s hardly a shocker. Between this film and Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” the pair of films arguably enjoyed the best buzz at the fest with near unanimous positive reception from both audiences and critics.
Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker, Russell’s film tells the tale of a man recently released from a psychiatric institute who seeks to rebuild his life after a bitter divorce. He crosses paths with an equally damaged young woman, and together they try to move on with their lives. The movie is a flat out hilarious crowd-pleaser, but that also feels fresh and invigorating. While the performances are all very strong, Jennifer Lawrence now becomes a major (and well-deserved) contender for Best Actress as hers is easily the highlight of the film and one that had many around Toronto talking (read our review here).
In addition, Woody Harrelson’s Seven Psychopaths picked up the People’s Choice Award For Midnight Madness. You can read the full list of winner’s at The Playlist.
Silver Linings Playbook winning the audience award is a pretty big deal. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ”[t]he audience award, which is the festival’s highest honor and is determined by festivalgoers, has been one of the better harbingers of Oscar success since it was first presented in 1978.”
Huge congrats to Jennifer Lawrence and everyone involved with Silver Linings Playbook!