Nadine Labaki's "Where Do We Go Now?" surprised as the winner of the People's Choice Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
Previous winners of the fest's most notable prize include "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Precious," and the award has generally been a considerable good luck charm for Oscar. This year, however, it seems Toronto audiences have thought outside that particular box, giving a nice boost to Labaki's film. The film was recently announced as Lebanon's official entry for foreign-language Oscar consideration and this gives it a nice profile going into that race.
The complete list of announced winners is below. Check out indieWIRE's roundup of critical reaction from the festival here.
Cadillac People's Choice Award:
Where Do We Go Now?, directed by Nadine Labaki
Runners-up: Asghar Farhadi’s "A Separation" and Ken Scott’s "Starbuck."
Cadillac People's Choice Award For Documentary:
The Island President, directed by Jon Shenk
Runners-up: Bess Kargman’s "First Position" and Cameron Crowe’s "Pearl Jam Twenty."
Cadillac People's Choice Award For Midnight Madness:
The Raid, directed by Gareth Huw Evans
Runners-up: Adam Wingard’s "You’re Next" and Bobcat Goldthwait’s "God Bless America."
City of Toronto and Astral Media’s The Movie Network Award Award For Best Canadian Feature Film:
Monsieur Lazhar, directed by Philippe Falardeau
SKYY Vodka Award For Best Canadian First Feature Film:
Edwin Boyd, directed by Nathan Morlando
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations Section:
The First Man, directed by Gianni Amelio
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Discovery Section:
Avalon, directed by Axel Petersén
Award For Best Canadian Short Film:
Doubles With Slight Pepper, directed by Ian Harnarine