Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has won this year’s top prize of the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The darkly comic dramedy from the “In Bruges” director stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell in the story of one woman’s crusade to find justice for her slain daughter. It opens in November.
The award also had two runners-up with Craig Gillespie’s Margot Robbie-led “I, Tonya” and Luca Guadagnino’s already much-acclaimed “Call Me By Your Name” with Armie Hammer taking those honors.
The award is a possible Oscars bellwether as past winners in the past decade have included Best Picture winners “12 Years A Slave, “The King’s Speech,” and “Slumdog Millionaire,” while past runners-up have also scored the top Oscar including “Spotlight” and “Argo”. Other winners or runners-up in recent times that went on to be major award players include “La La Land,” “Room,” “Lion,” “The Imitation Game,” “A Separation,” “Prisoners” and “Philomna”.