The Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close and has handed out its top prize of the People’s Choice Award to Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land,” firming up the acclaimed Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone-led film for a major awards run. Previous winners of the award have included “Room,” “The Imitation Game,” “The King’s Speech,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Slumdog Millionaire” so the film is in very good company.
The two other big awards were also to handed out to some very welcome choices. Ben Wheatley’s violent and darkly comic crime shootout tale “Free Fire” took the Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award. Runners up were Andre Overdal’s “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and Julia Ducournau’s “Raw”.
Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie” starring Natalie Portman won the juried Platform prize, beating out the runners up which included Garth Davis’ “Lion” and Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe”. Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” won the People’s Choice Documentary Award, beating out Steve James’ “Abacus: Small Enough To Go To Jail” and Fisher Stevens’ “Before the Flood”.