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Slow and steady could win the race for "The Imitation Game," which has been climbing in our experts' predictions for Best Picture. As of this writing, it ranks fifth with 9/1 odds. That's up from one week ago (September 9), when it was seventh with 25/1 odds, and up even more from two weeks ago (September 2), when it was in 10th place with 33/1 odds. Will it keep going until it takes Best Picture in February? -Break- 'The Imitation Game' wins Toronto Film Festival award - Oscar next? The surge was inspired by the strong reviews it has received on the festival circuit, including Telluride and Toronto. Then, over the weekend, it won the top prize at the Toronto fest, the People's Choice Award, which in recent years has gone to Best Picture Oscar champs "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The King's Speech" (2010), and "12 Years a Slave" (2013), in addition to Best Picture nominees "Prec..." »
Over the weekend, the Toronto International Film Festival gave out its extremely prestigious Audience Award, a prize that’s often considered to be a harbinger of future Oscar success. To one degree or another, almost all movies that win the prize tend to receive some level of Academy Award attention. The award is highly sought after and a number of films were thought to be in the running at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Well, for those of you who don’t know which flick took the prize, I’ll save that for a little later in the article, but right now I want to get into what the Audience Award means and which titles were thought to be eying it up in a big way. Historically, the Audience Award at Toronto has really been a signifier for the Academy, especially of late. The award was first given out »
- Joey Magidson
In The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, a British mathematician who worked to break the Nazi Enigma code in World War II. The film, directed by Morten Tyldum, also stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode.
Tiff’s People’s Choice Award is commonly used as an indicator of the Best Picture winner at the Oscars. 12 Years A Slave, which Cumberbatch also appeared in, won the award last year before taking home the Best Picture Oscar, and other winners include The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire.
The Imitation Game screened at Tiff, inspiring glowing reviews and earning buzz for its lead actor Cumberbatch, who appears to be an early favorite for a Best Actor nominee.
“Dominating it all is Cumberbatch, whose charisma – tellingly »
Anne Thompson reminds that the Oscar Best Picture winner is often the same as Toronto's People's Choice Award champ. If that is the case this time, could we already crown "The Imitation Game" with Benedict Cumberbatch? Other recent films that accomplished the double victories were "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire," and "American Beauty." Watch a new video interview with Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, and director Morten Tyldum as they promote the film at the festival. The film opens nationwide in the United States on November 21. Thompson on Hollywood -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Jordan Ruimy offers up his "best of the fest" from Toronto. The top lead performers were Julianne Moore ("Still Alice" and "Maps to the Stars") and Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"). The best supporting players were...' »
Arnold Schwarzenegger landed Monday in the South Indian city of Chennai where The Expendables star will attend the launch event for the soundtrack of upcoming South Indian film I. The soundtrack is composed by Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) and is released by Sony Music India. The launch function will take place Monday evening, with Schwarzenegger set to share the stage with the film's cast. The film stars actor Vikram along with British actress Amy Jackson and is directed by Shankar who has had a string of hits in India. These include 2010 release Enthiran, which starred
- Nyay Bhushan
Last we knew, Ang Lee's next project will be a 3D boxing movie, but according to The Wrap the Life Of Pi director is being considered by Film4 and The Ink Factory for an adaptation of the Ben Fountain book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, and he might end up directing it before the boxing flick. Fountain's novel was adapted by Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, and it has been described as "The Catch-22 of the Iraq War." »
- Jesse Giroux
The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival ends today, and Tiff has announced this year’s Audience Award winner. Audience members vote by dropping their ticket into a ballot box after a screening if they like a film, and this year they really liked Morten Tyldum’s drama, The Imitation Game. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing and focuses on his efforts to break the Germans’ code during World War II. I saw the movie and quite enjoyed it, and while it wasn’t my favorite at the festival (that would be While We’re Young), I can understand why audiences went for it. Click here for my review. I’ll leave the official Oscar prognosticating to Adam and his Oscar Beat column, but I will say this: five of the last six Tiff Audience Award winners have gone on to be nominated for Best Picture; three of them won (Slumdog Millionaire, »
- Matt Goldberg
Over the years, the Toronto International Film Festival has grown into one of the top destinations for film fans and one of the biggest stops on the festival circuit, with numerous films making their World Premiere and North American Premiere at the event before going on to commercial and critical acclaim. This has given Tiff’s awards a level of prestige, as previous winners include 12 Years a Slave, The King’s Speech, and Slumdog Millionaire. The committee has now announced the winners for the 2014 incarnation of the festival, and they are as follows:
The Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award for most popular documentary at the festival goes »
- Deepayan Sengupta
"The Imitation Game" won the People's Choice Award for Best Picture at the Toronto International Film Festival, thus officially emerging as a top Oscar contender. Of the previous 36 Tiff winners, 25 (almost 70%) became Oscar rivals, reaping 122 nominations and 43 victories. Five bagged the Academy Award for Best Picture: "Chariots of Fire" (1981), "American Beauty" (1999), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The King's Speech" (2010) and last year's winner, "12 Years a Slave." Seven other Toronto champs were nominated for Oscar's top prize: "The Big Chill" (1983), "Places in the Heart" (1984), "Shine" (1996), "Life is Beautiful" (1998), "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (2009) and "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012). -Break- "The Imitation Gam..." »
Given the jam-packed crowds and red carpet at Tuesday's Imitation Game premiere, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Morten Tyldum's look at the life of codebreaker Alan Turing took home the 2014 Grolsch People's Choice Award. The annual Tiff honour is quite often a predictor of Oscar victory, with 12 Years A Slave, Silver Linings Playbook, The King's Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and American Beauty all having nabbed the People's Choice before their eventual Best Picture wins. Will the trend continue?
The drama sees Benedict Cumberbatch star as Turing, the groundbreaking British mathematician, philosopher, and cryptologist who led the team that cracked the German Enigma Code, turned the tide of WWII and consequently saved millions of lives. Though Turing is largely responsible for the creation of the modern computer, along with his critical time at Bletchley Park, his subsequent persecution for homosexuality by the UK government in the early »
- Emma Badame
The Imitation Game leads this year's winners at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch won the People's Choice Award, which was announced at the Festival's annual awards brunch on Sunday (September 14).
Other winners at this year's awards include Beats of the Antonov and What We Do in the Shadows.
The full list of this year's Toronto International Film Festival winners is as follows:
People's Choice Award For Documentary - Beats of the Antonov, directed by Hajooj Kuka
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 »
- Anne Thompson
After dominating a lot of the on-the-ground chatter at the Telluride Film Festival and then transitioning to the Toronto fest with a headwind, The Weinstein Company's Alan Turing biopic "The Imitation Game" has won Toronto's coveted People's Choice Award. Previous winners of the prize have included "12 Years a Slave," "Silver Linings Playbook," "The King's Speech," "Precious," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "American Beauty." So it goes without saying: it can be a pretty significant Oscar bellwether. We've been telling you since it premiered in Colorado that it was a strong player in the game and here we are. Other films that seemed to have an angle on the prize this year, given reactions to the many films in play, included "The Theory of Everything" and "The Last 5 Years." But "The Imitation Game" is a thoroughbred like "Argo," like "The King's Speech." It's a film that a lot of people can agree on, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Toronto International Film Festival gave its top prize Sunday to The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and distributed by The Weinstein Company. The announcement brings the huge festival to a close after hundreds of film screenings over 10 days. The Imitation Game, a biopic about gay computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, won the Grolsch People’s Choice Winner, Aka, the audience award for favorite feature-length film shown.
The acclaimed film, which had its World Premiere at Telluride over Labor Day weekend and its unveiling at Tiff on Tuesday, also stars Keira Knightley and was directed by Norwegian helmer Morten Tyldum.
Unlike other festivals that throw their weight behind juried prizes, Tiff prides itself on the fact that their most important honor is chosen by actual moviegoers (although they do hand out some juried awards in other categories).
At the beginning of each film, the audience is reminded that they can vote. »
- Pete Hammond
As awards season begins to pick up pace, certain films are starting to generate real buzz. Though awards at the Toronto International Film Festival are not always an indicator of future success, The Imitation Game certainly didn’t hurt its chances by picking up the People’s Choice Award at the festival.While it's not a guarantee of Oscar glory, the People's Choice Award has become a bit of an early indicator: in recent years 12 Years A Slave, The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire all saw their wins followed by a Best Picture prize. Expect, then, at least a few nominations for Morten Tyldum's film come January.The film, which tells the story of Alan Turing, one of Britain’s unsung heroes, questions how and why the man who contributed so greatly to his country’s war effort could end up vilified and hounded by its government. As the maths genius-turned-codebreaker, »
This year's Toronto International Film Festival belonged to the actors.
Among the 300-plus films premiering at the annual movie feast - the north star to much of Hollywood's fall season and the continent's largest film fest - there were, of course, many terrific movies and a theater's worth of fine filmmakers. But nothing captured the spotlight of this year's Toronto, which wraps up on Sunday, like the performances.
That's unlike many previous years where the loudest buzz from Toronto rang out for a freshly proclaimed masterpiece like 12 Years a Slave or a stunning cinematic event like Gravity, both of which left last year's festival hoisted upon the shoulders of enthusiastic Oscar prognosticators and awed moviegoers.
While likely best-picture nominees certainly played at Toronto, no movie quite stood out like those heavyweights or previous Tiff sensations like the Academy Award-winners Slumdog Millionaire or The King's Speech. Instead, the applause was thickest for its stars, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
When you win the Academy Award for Best Director, a great deal of anticipation naturally builds around the possibilities for your next choice of film. When Ang Lee received that honour for Brokeback Mountain, he released Lust, Caution two years later. But here we are, almost two years after his win for 2012’s Life Of Pi, and his next directorial project has yet to be officially confirmed. It does seem that he is in talks to take the reins of the upcoming adaptation of the 2012 novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, however, and – if it comes to fruition – this could be an incredible follow-up.
Billed as a ‘biting’ satire of the Iraq War, the novel is set in Texas, and centres around a squad of soldiers returning from the conflict for a stage-managed, media-intensive ‘victory tour’ at Texas Stadium. The official synopsis for the novel is »
- Sarah Myles
The Imitation Game won the big prize, the People's Choice Award, at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Tiff's audience award winner is often a precursor to Oscar glory. Last year, the award went to the eventual best picture winner 12 Years a Slave, and previous Tiff audience award winners have included American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire and Silver Linings Playbook. The festival reached its conclusion today, as the drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as British code-breaker Alan Turing, won the award, voted by fest's audiences. The World War II drama, directed by Morten Tyldum, will be released by the Weinstein
- Etan Vlessing
"Life of Pi" and "Brokeback Mountain" director Ang Lee is the frontrunner to helm "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," a film adaptation of Ben Fountain's acclaimed Iraq War novel for Film4 and The Ink Factory.
The dark satire follows a ninteen-year-old Texas-born infantryman and his fellow U.S. servicemen who survive a firefight in Iraq in 2005. The Bush administration brings them home for a victory lap that leads them to the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium where they're honored during the team's Thanksgiving halftime show. Then they return to war.
Lee has been working on a 3D boxing film for Universal that will include the famed 'Thrilla in Manila' fight between Frazier and Ali, however that project is said to be on hold for now due to budgetary reasons.
- Garth Franklin
We're coming up on two years since Ang Lee swept away audiences and critics with this 3D adaptation the best-selling "Life Of Pi." He walked away with a Best Director Oscar for his efforts, and has fallen in love with the three-dimensional format, with his next picture supposed to be a 3D take on the Thrilla in Manila, the legendary match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. But apparently, that project might be on hold as the budget is worked out, potentially giving Lee time to sneak in a smaller movie first. And thus, The Wrap reports that the filmmaker is the frontrunner to direct the Iraq War satire, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk." Written by Ben Fountain, the National Book Award Finalist was adapted by Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire," "127 Hours") and apparently has the stuff awards season trophies are made of. Here's a brief Amazon synopsis: A razor-sharp »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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