Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave" walked one step closer to Oscar glory by winning the Toronto International Film Festival's People's Choice Award! Previous winners were "Silver Linings Playbook," "The King's Speech," and "Slumdog Millionaire." And all were honored at the Academy Awards with "The King's Speech" and "Slumdog Millionaire" taking home the Best Picture prizes.
Let's see if Academy voters will also fall for "12 Years A Slave" or give more Oscar love to the TIFF's People's Choice Award runners-up, Stephen Frears' "Philomena" with Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (who co-wrote the script with Jeff Pope), and Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal (Villeneuve's "Incendies" was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year in 2011).
Here's the full list of winners of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF):
People's Choice Award:
"12 Years a Slave"
Runners-up: "Philomena," "Prisoners"
People's Choice Award For Documentary:
Runners-up: "Beyond the Edge" and "Hi-Ho Mistahey"
People's Choice Award For Midnight Madness:
"Why Don't You Play In Hell?"
Runners-up: "Oculus," "Witching & Bitching"
Best Canadian Feature Film:
"When Jews Were Funny"
Best Canadian First Feature Film:
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations Section:
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Discovery Section:
"The Amazing Catfish"
NETPAC Award For Best Asian Film:
Award For Best Canadian Short Film:
"Noah" (watch it here)
The Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award:
"All The Wrong Reasons"