12 Years a Slave Takes the TIFF People’s Choice Award


The Toronto International Film Festival came to close last night and with that generally comes the drinking of many drinks and the awarding of many awards. The TIFF People’s Choice Award has quickly become a pretty influential award that often predicts success at the Oscars (recent winners include Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech and Silver Linings Playbook). This year’s winner was Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Personally I had my money on August: Osage County, but this movie also had a lot of incredibly positive buzz surrounding it. Stephen Frears’ Philomena starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan placed second in the voting. Other winners include The Square, Jehane Noujaim’s documentary about the Arab Spring, and Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, Sion Sono’s twisted yakuza flick which took home the Midnight Madness award. Check out the full list of TIFF award winners after the jump.

  • BlackBerry People’s Choice Award: 12 Years a Slave
  • BlackBerry People’s Choice Documentary Award: The Square
  • BlackBerry People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: Why Don’t You Play in Hell?
  • City of Toronto and Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature: When Jews Were Funny
  • YouTube Award for Best Canadian Short Film: Noah
  • Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film: Asphalt Watches
  • International Critics’ Prize – Discovery: The Amazing Catfish
  • International Critics’ Prize – Special Presentations: Ida
  • Best Asian Film from a First or Second Time Director: Qissa
  • Emerging Filmmaker Award: Gia Milani, All the Wrong Reasons