Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit wins Toronto Audience Award

A World War Two satire – about a young German boy who discovers that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in the house – has won the People’s Choice Award – voted for by audiences – at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Jojo Rabbit’s Toronto win puts it in contention for the upcoming Oscars.

Jojo Rabbit – directed by the New Zealand director Taika Waititi – will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of many of the previous films to win the award, which went on to win the Best Picture Oscar, including Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, 12 Year’s a Slave and last year’s winner, Green Book.

The film’s cast includes Scarlet Johansson, who also stars – alongside Adam Driver – in the runner-up, Marriage Story.

The South Korean social satire that won this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes, Parasite, was name the second runner-up.

Jojo Rabbit will first be seen in the UK at the London Film Festival next month and will be released in cinemas next January, during the Oscar campaign.