Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit wins People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival

Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit has won the People's Choice Award at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

"The people have spoken! #JojoRabbit is the People's Choice Award winner at #TIFF19," a post on the movie's official Twitter account said.

The Kiwi director also stars in the World War II comedy, which follows a young boy who has imaginary conversations with Hitler.  

Following the win, speculation has sparked about the film's chances at the Oscars.

Vanity Fair says the award - one of the most well-known at the festival - can often be followed "by lots and lots of Oscar buzz".

Los Angeles Times entertainment columnist Glenn Whipp wrote that Jojo Rabbit is likely to be in the Oscars picture.

"Its victory in Toronto ensures that it will be at least in the Oscar conversation for best picture, though that discussion will assuredly be contentious."

Waititi last week was also honoured with the director's award at TIFF, a ceremony which also celebrated the careers of actors Meryl Streep and Joaquin Phoenix.

Jojo Rabbit is due to release in New Zealand on October 24.