Toronto International Film Festival

Three Billboards wins top prize

NEW YORK • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the dark comic drama starring Frances McDormand, on Sunday won the Toronto International Film Festival's top prize, the Grolsch People's Choice Award, gaining a boost ahead of the awards season.

Written and directed by British playwright Martin McDonagh, the film tracks a mother's efforts to get investigators, including a police chief played by Woody Harrelson, to solve her daughter's killing. It took Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month.

The Toronto honour is usually a reliable predictor of a film's Oscar chances. Past winners have included La La Land (2016) and 12 Years A Slave (2013).

Two more people's choice prizes were announced in Toronto, part of the 40th year that audiences were in charge of picking the winners. The Documentary Award went to Faces Places by French director Agnes Varda and visual artist JR. The film follows Varda, 88, and JR, 33, as they tour the French countryside, photographing locals and goats.

Joseph Kahn's Bodied, a rap battle satire, took the Midnight Madness Award.

NYTIMES, REUTERS

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