The Toronto International Film Festival recognized the Taika Waititi-directedÂ Jojo Rabbit as the winner of 2019â€™s Grolsch Peopleâ€™s Choice Award on Sunday. StarringÂ Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, and Sam Rockwell, the Fox Searchlight World War II dramedy tells the story of a young boy named Jojo who becomes disillusioned with his mother when he finds out sheâ€™s hiding a Jewish girl in their home.
Waititi pulls double duty, working both in front of and behind the camera. He was tasked with bringing to life an â€œidioticâ€ version of Adolf Hitler, who is Jojoâ€™s imaginary friend.
Another Johansson-led film,Â Marriage Story, co-starring Adam Driver, served as first runner-up for the coveted accolade. Bong Joon-hoâ€™s ParasiteÂ placed as second runner-up for the same award.
History has proven that films that are recognized for the Grolsch in past years have gone on to be nominated for major awards including the Oscars and Golden Globes. They includeÂ Green Book,Â La La Land, Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years A Slave,Â Room,Â andÂ The Kingâ€™s Speech.
Jojo Rabbit hits theaters on Oct. 18.
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