Today is the final day of the Toronto International Film Festival, which has been taking place over the past 11 days, and as usual, they waited until the last day to announced the awards winners at a special luncheon with Steve McQueen’s acclaimed slavery drama 12 Years a Slave receiving the festival’s top honor, the Blackberry People’s Choice Award.
After an early preview screening at the Telluride Film Festival, McQueen’s third film, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup as a free black man who is tricked into becoming a slave, had its world premiere at TIFF where it received almost unanimous critical acclaim and a standing ovation at its premiere. Besides receiving accolades for Ejiofor’s performance, which is likely to get him an Oscar nomination, attention has also been given to performances by Michael Fassbender and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o.
Previous winners in the category include Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, both which went on to win the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ top honor for Best Picture, while last year’s Audience Award winner, David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook received multiple Oscar nominations with Jennifer Lawrence winning for her performance.
You can read the full list of winners in all categories below:
Toronto The 38th Toronto International Film Festival® today announced its award recipients at a reception at the Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto.
YOUTUBE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM
The Canadian awards below were selected by a jury comprised of Liz Czach, author, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta and a former Festival programmer of Canadian film; Laurence Kardish, film historian, author and Senior Curator Emeritus of Film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Martin Katz, feature film producer and founder of Prospero Films; and award-winning director, writer and actor Jacob Tierney.
CITY OF TORONTO + CANADA GOOSE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM
For three generations of extraordinary, honest and courageous performances in Peter Stebbing’s Empire of Dirt, the jury presents a special citation to Jennifer Podemski, Cara Gee and Shay Eyre.
AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FIRST FEATURE FILM
For its technical mastery, polish, sense of fun and ability to scare the pants off us, the jury gives an honourable mention to Afflicted.
THE PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRITICS (FIPRESCI PRIZES)
The Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury for the 22nd consecutive year. The jury members consist of jury president John Anderson (United States), Robenson Eksiel (Greece), Leslie James (Canada), Namrata Joshi (India), Michael Ranze (Germany) and André Roy (Canada).
Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations is awarded to Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida. The jury remarked: The prize is awarded to Ida for a layered and humane exploration of issues of religious and personal identity. With its very original, austere yet poetic imagery it brings alive the gravity and grimness of history.
Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme is awarded to Claudia Sainte-Luce for The Amazing Catfish. The jury remarked: Claudia Sainte-Luce shows a precocious, playful and poignant grasp of the fluid nature of family and the capability of the human heart under the most dire conditions for generosity, empathy and tenderness, in her vibrant debut The Amazing Catfish.
BLACKBERRY® PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS
The Festival presents a free screening of the award-winning film 12 Years a Slave tonight. The screening takes place at 6 p.m. at the Ryerson Theatre. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 4 p.m. at Ryerson Theatre.
The BlackBerry Peoples Choice Midnight Madness Award goes to Sion Sonos Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Jigoku de Naze Warui). The film follows two men, Muto and Ikegami, who hate each other. Muto desperately wants to help his daughter Mitsuko star in a movie. Meanwhile, Ikegami falls in love with Mitsuko, knowing that she’s the daughter of his foe. Hirata, a filmmaker, and Koji, a young movie-lover, get dragged into this complicated situation that heads into an unexpected direction. First runner up is Mike Flanagan for OCULUS and the second runner up is Álex de la Iglesia for Witching & Bitching.
The BlackBerry Peoples Choice Documentary Award goes to Jehane Noujaim for The Square. The story of revolution behind the headlines. From the 2011 overthrow of a 30-year dictator, through military rule, and culminating with the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood president in the summer of 2013. First runner up is Alanis Obomsawins Hi-Ho Mistahey! and the second runner up is Leanne Pooleys Beyond the Edge.
GROLSCH FILM WORKS DISCOVERY AWARD
RBC EMERGING FILMMAKERS COMPETITION