The Toronto International Film Festival has closed out its annual ten-day run with a star-studded awards brunch, which feiatured the announcement of the festival’s various awards and prizes. Chief among them is the People’s Choice Award, TIFF’s most prestigious award and one chosen by audience members themselves (fans of the various films could log their vote either by depositing their ticket stubs in voting boxes available post-screening, or by using their individual ticket numbers to vote online).
This year’s winner is Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room,” starring Brie Larson and young Jacob Tremblay. Based on Emma Donoghue’s bestselling book of the same name. You can read our full review of the film here.
Often viewed as a harbinger of awards season glory, the TIFF People’s Choice Award winner has typically continued on to major Oscar attention. Since 2008, every single People’s Choice Award winner, save for 2011 winner “Where Do We Go Now?,” has been nominated for Best Picture. Of those titles, three — including “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech” and “12 Years a Slave” — have ultimately won the Oscar for Best Picture. Since TIFF’s creation in 1976, five People’s Choice Award winners have gone on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Check out the full list of TIFF winners below:
People’s Choice Award: “Room,” directed by Lenny Abrahamson
People’s Choice Award For Documentary: “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” directed by Evgeny Afineevsky
People’s Choice Award For Midnight Madness: “Hardcore,” directed by Ilya Naishuller
Best Canadian Feature Film: “Closet Monster,” directed by Stephen Dunn
Special Citation, Canadian Feature Film: “My Internship in Canada,” directed by Phillippe Falardeau
Best Canadian First Feature Film: “Sleeping Giant,” directed Andrew Cividino
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations Section: “Desierto,” directed by Jonas Cuaron
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Discovery Section: “Eva Nova,” directed by Marko Skop
Discovery Programme Filmmakers Award: “Black,” directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
NETPAC Award For Best Asian Film: “The Whispering Star,” directed by Sion Sono
Best International Short Film: “Maman(s),” directed by Maimouna Doucoure
Best Canadian Short Film: “Overpass,” directed by Patrice Laliberte
Platform Prize: “Hurt,” directed by Alan Zweig
This year’s People’s Choice Award was sponsored by Grolsch.
“Room” opens nationwide on October 16.
READ MORE: The 2015 Indiewire TIFF Bible