In past years, five films have won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and then gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars: Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, The King’s Speech, American Beauty, and Chariots of Fire. As the festival came to an end this weekend, it was Damien Chazelle’s much-praised La La Land that went away with the top prize, catapulting it to the top of the Oscars pack, although in many ways it had already been there. This audience prize didn’t give the film a needed boost; rather, it simply reaffirmed what critics and audience have been saying about the film over the past couple of weeks, especially in beating out the runner-ups Lion and Queen of Katwe.
Other winners from the festival included Free Fire and the documentary I Am Not Your Negro. The winners were chosen by different international juries, except for the various People’s Choice Awards, which audiences voted on.
The full list of winners is below.
Short Cuts Award (Canadian Film)
Short Cuts Award (Best Short Film)
City Of Toronto Award (Best First Canadian Feature)
Canada Goose Award (Best Canadian Feature Film)
Fipresci for Discovery Programme
Fipresci for Special Presentation
Toronto Platform Prize
Grolsch People’s Choice Award
Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award
Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award
Dropbox Discovery Programme Filmmakers Award