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‘The Imitation Game’ Takes the Toronto People’s Choice Award, Forerunner to Oscars (INTERVIEW VIDEO)

'The Imitation Game' Takes the Toronto People's Choice Award, Forerunner to Oscars (INTERVIEW VIDEO)

The audience award-winner at the Toronto International Film Festival is often the best Picture Oscar winner as well. This year, “The Imitation Game” won the People’s Choice Award won last year by “12 Years a Slave,” and in prior years by several films directed by Brits, “The King’s Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “American Beauty.”  (Other TIFF audience winners such as “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Precious” go on to win Oscars other than best Picture.) 

Very British “The Imitation Game” is directed by Norwegian Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”) and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as genius World War II code-cracker Alan Turing, who gets help from mathematicians played by Keira Knightley (indiewire interview here) and Matthew Goode. Oscar-savvy Weinstein Co. is backing the moving period drama, which opens November 21.

Other awards this year are unlikely to have much impact on the Oscar race, though they may help to sell winners to audiences, distributors and exhibitors. 

The TIFF winners: 
People’s Choice Award:
 “The Imitation Game,” Directed by Morten Tyldum
First Runner Up: “Learning to Drive,” Directed by Isable Coixet
Second Runner Up: “St. Vincent,” Directed by Theodore Melfi
People’s Choice Award For Documentary:
 “Beats of the Antonov,” Directed by Hajooj Kuka
First Runner Up: “Do I Sound Gay?,” Directed by David Thorpe
Second Runner Up: “Seymour: An Introduction,” Directed by Ethan Hawke
People’s Choice Award For Midnight Madness: “What We Do in the Shadows,” Directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement
First Runner Up: “Tusk,” Directed by Kevin Smith
Second Runner Up: “Big Game,” Directed by Jalmari Helander
Best Canadian Feature Film:
 “Felix and Meira,” Directed by Maxime Giroux
Best Canadian First Feature Film: “Bang Bang Baby,” Directed by Jeffrey St. Jules
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations Section:
 “Time Out of Mind,” Directed by Oren Moverman
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Discovery Section:

“May Allah Bless France!,” Directed by Abd Al Malik

NETPAC Award For Best Asian Film:
 “Margarita, With a Straw,” Directed by Shonali Bose
Best International Short Film: “A Single Body,” Directed by  Sotiris Dounoukos
Best Canadian Short Film: “The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer,” Directed by  Randall Okita

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