After winning the Best Picture Oscar (at least in the eyes of some prognosticators), Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave picked up another trophy at the Toronto International Film Festival: the People’s Choice Award for audiences’ favorite narrative film. McQueen’s historical drama, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt, beat out runners up Philomena by director Stephen Frears, and Prisoners by director Denis Villenueve.
Audiences’ favorite documentary of the festival was The Square, a film about the Egyptian revolution of 2011 from director Jehane Noujaim. The runners up in the documentary category were Alanis Obomsawin’s Hi-Ho Mistahey! and Leanne Pooley’s Beyond The Edge. Audiences’ favorite midnight movie was Sion Sono’s yakuza rom-com Why Don’t You Play In Hell?; the other contenders were Mike Flanagan’s OCULUS and Álex de la Iglesia’s Witching & Bitching.
The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Award Winners
People’s Choice Award: 12 Years A Slave
People’s Choice Midnight Madness: Why Don’t You Play In Hell?
People’s Choice Documentary: The Square
Best Canadian Feature: When Jews Were Funny
Best Canadian First Feature: Asphalt Watches
FIPRESCI Prize For Special Presentations: Ida
FIPRESCI Prize For Didscovery: The Amazing Catfish
NETPAC Award: Qissa
Discovery Award: Gia Milani, All The Wrong Reasons