2012 Toronto Film Festival

'Silver Linings Playbook' Wins the People's Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival

Here's your Best Picture front-runner at this very moment

Silver Linings Playbook posterIt was probably my favorite film at this year's festival and the first film I gave an A+ to all year (read my review here) and it seems the people agree as the winner of the BlackBerry People's Choice Award at this year's Toronto Film Festival is David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook.

Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, the film centers on a man (Cooper) who spent the last eight months in a mental institution who comes out ready to turn his life around. Brimming with positivity he wants to rebuild his life and reconnect with his wife, but things won't be as easy as he presumes. Ultimately he finds kinship in a girl named Tiffany (Lawrence) and together they may be able to help overcome the negativity in their lives and -- to revert to the cliche in the title -- find a silver lining.

I think the word "cliche" is perfect when talking about this film, because it is cliche, but what makes it so great is the way Russell creates an honest reality around those cliches with characters you can connect with and feel close to. Here's a snippet from my review:

Based on Matthew Quick's debut novel of the same name, the key to this film's success is the balance of honest, real-deal humor alongside the ups and downs of the characters. Silver Linings Playbook is just as funny as it is emotional and both aspects hit home with authenticity, despite what are several obvious turns in the film's plot. We're not watching a groundbreaking movie as much as we're watching one with a soul. A connection is made with the characters that can't be faked and in today's films too often is.

Winning this award certainly helps its Best Picture Oscar chances as previous Toronto winners that went on to win Best Picture include The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire. I'll be delving into the Oscar race soon enough though, with articles on the way this coming week and official Oscar predictions beginning Monday, September 24. So stay tuned and to read my full review of Silver Linings Playbook click here.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    Awesome! I can't wait for this one, since hearing unanimously fantastic things about it.

  • Winchester

    I'm not aware of a UK release date for this one but I have heard one or two mentions that it treads a vibe not dissimilar to 'The Apartment' which is a film I really quite like, so whenever it comes around I'm going to try and check it out.

    • Eoin Daly

      The UK release date Is the same as the US

      • Winchester

        Is it? I missed that.

  • Ano

    Interesting - Ebert reckoned the front-runner out of Toronto was Argo, but this may change things. Personally I'm not too excited about either, but then I never agree with the Academy's decisions anyway...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/seanfast/ Sean Fast

    I was really surprised at how much you ended up loving this film Brad. I seem to remember you had very low expectations when mentioning it in articles or the podcast, most likely due to the trailer, and in doing so gave me low expectations too. I didn't read the script a while back when I had the chance because I figured you were probably right. Maybe I'll go back and read it now, or just wait for the film. I do love me some Jennifer Lawrence...

    Is it weird that she comes off hotter in this film as a crazy person than she does in Last House on the Left as a scream-queen?