Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" has won the Peoples Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced today. The film follows in the footsteps of "Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech," "Precious" and "Silver Linings Playbook" by winning the audience-voted prize, which is usually a huge good luck charm in the Oscar race.
Runners-up in the race were "Philomena" and "Prisoners" (notably "Argo" was a runner-up last year), while "The Square" won the People's Choice Award for best documentary and "Why Don't You Play In Hell?" won in the Midnight Madness section.
Juried prizes to Canadian films were also handed out, with "When Jews Were Funny" taking the best Canadian feature film prize and "Asphalt Watches" winning for best Canadian first feature.
Complete list of winners:
People's Choice Award:
"12 Years a Slave"
Runners-up: "Philomena" and "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" and "Witching and 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"