Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit received Oscar buzz after winning the People’s Choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday where the film had its world premiere.

The comedy, set during World War II, tells the story of a German boy whose best friend is Hitler. The film stars filmmaker Waititi, as well as Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson and Thomasin McKenzie.

Waititi celebrated the news of the win, calling the award a “tremendous honor.” “Jojo Rabbit is a story of tolerance and understanding set in a time that lacked both, and I hope in making this film we can remind ourselves that it’s still possible to connect with each other even under the most chaotic of circumstances — no matter what age, religion, race or gender. It was an incredible experience making this film and I’m happy the world had the opportunity to see it for the first time at TIFF,” he said.

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