‘The King’s Speech’ Takes Top Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival

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Colin Firth in The King’s Speech
Photo: The Weinstein Co.

It was just announced that Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech has taken the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush was one of five films I gave a grade in the A-range to during the festival. In my review I wrote:

The most wonderful thing about The King’s Speech has little to do with the hardships at hand, the threat of World War II or the speech impediment of King George VI. Of course, these are the important factors that allow the film to move from Point A to Point B, but it’s the friendship that forms between King George [Firth] and his speech therapist, Lionel Logue [Rush] that absolutely moves you. Add this aspect of the story to the trials King George must face and you have one of the better movies of the year and two performances that must not be missed.

You can read my full review right here. The Weinstein Co. will release The King’s Speech on November 24.

Personally I am still finishing up my Toronto experience and still have some reviews I have yet to publish. I will also be writing up my personal best of, though you can probably figure that out simply by reading my coverage of the festival.

The complete list of winners is listed directly below.

AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM

  • Les Fleurs de l’âge (dir. Vincent Biron)

THE SKYY Vodka AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FIRST FEATURE FILM

  • The High Cost of Living (dir. Deborah Chow)

THE CITY OF TORONTO AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM

THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FILM CRITICS AWARDS (FIPRESCI PRIZES)

  • Discovery Programme – Beautiful Boy (dir. Shawn Ku)
  • Special Presentations – L’Amour Fou (dir. Pierre Thoretton)

CADILLAC PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Cadillac People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award

  • Stake Land (dir. Jim Mickle)

Cadillac People’s Choice Documentary Award

  • Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (dir. Sturla Gunnarsson)