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Toronto Film Festival Award Winners Predictions

Toronto Film Festival Award Winners Predictions

Not that there’s much to predict or that it the Toronto Film Festival’s awards offer the same prestige as say, Cannes or Sundance, it’s audience prizes can often be a huge coup for a film and launch it into awards season (“Whale Rider,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “Tsotsi,” and though they need it a bit less, “American Beauty” and “Slumdog Millionaire”). Honestly, over the years the winners almost seem suspiciously perfect in how they find their way into awards season and give Toronto its reputation as awards season launch pad (and I just don’t get how a lone winner is even determined from 300 films voted on with a 1 through 5 ranking scale especially since some of those films don’t get their final screening until after the award has been announced).

But anyway, my conspiracy theory aside, the award matters. And I’ll be at the ceremony at 12:30 or so this afternoon and the winners should up at indieWIRE soon thereafter. Because I’m a nerd, here’s my predictions:

Cadillac People’s Choice Award:
Up In The Air, directed by Jason Reitman
(alternate: City of Life and Death, directed by Lu Chuan; or maybe even Precious, though I can’t recall a Sundance title ever winning here)

Cadillac People’s Choice Award For Best Documentary:
The Topp Twins, directed by Leanne Pooley
(alternate: The Art of the Steal, directed by Don Argott)

Cadillac People’s Choice Award For Midnight Madness:
Daybreakers, directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig
(alternate: Solomon Kane, directed by Michael J. Bassett)

City of Toronto-CityTV Award For Best Canadian Feature Film:
The Trotsky, directed by Jacob Tierney
(alternate: Suck, directed by Rob Stefaniuk)

CityTV Award For Best Canadian First Feature Film:
I Killed My Mother, directed by Xavier Dolan
(alternate: Year of the Carnivore, directed by Sook-Yin Lee)

FIPRESCl Prize For Discovery Award:
The Unloved, directed by Samantha Morton
(alternate: Applause, directed Martin Pieter Zandvliet)

FIPRESCl Prize For Special Presentations Award:
City of Life and Death, directed by Lu Chuan
(alternate: A Serious Man, directed Joel and Ethan Coen)

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