A big congrats to Lenny Abrahamson's "Room" for winning the Grolsch's People's Choice Awards at the recently concluded 40th Toronto International Film Festival! It's safe to say that "Room" will see a future at the Academy Awards. Previous winners that went on to grab the Best Picture Oscar were "Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech," and "12 Years A Slave."
Here's the complete winners and press release from Tiff:
The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced award winners from the 40th Festival, which wraps up this evening. See a free screening of Room, the winner of the Grolsch People's Choice Award, Sunday, September 20 at 8pm.
The short film awards below were selected by a jury comprised of the head of the shorts program and creations unit at Canal+ France, Pascale Faure, film writer John Anderson (The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times), and actor Rizwan Manji (Outsourced, The Wolf of Wall Street »
After lapping up near unanimous praise in the wake of its debut at Tiff 2015, Brie Larson’s poignant drama Room is all but the talk of the town, with many a critic – including our own Darren Ruecker – highlighting the raw and emotional turn by Larson as some of the actress’ finest work to date. In many ways it represents the culmination of a burgeoning career, following roles in Short Term 12, Trainwreck and opposite Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler; now, Larson is on the verge of joining Steve Carell in Battle of the Sexes.
Joining the production in place of Emma Stone – who bowed out citing scheduling conflicts, and effectively scuppering plans for a mini Crazy, Stupid, Love reunion – Variety reports that Larson will pick up the torch and tennis racket as Billie Jean King, a 29-year-old female tennis player who called Carell’s Bobby Riggs out of retirement for a match. »
- Michael Briers
Iranian director Majid Majidi’s “Muhammad: The Messenger of God,” the lavish epic lensed by multiple Oscar-winner Vittorio Storaro about the birth and rise of Islam, that recently prompted a fatwa from a Muslim group in India – angered about its alleged depiction of God – is reportedly doing strong box office on wide release in roughly half of Iran’s cinemas.
The partly government-financed “Muhammad,” which cost some $40 million and is considered the Islamic Republic’s most expensive film, is playing on more than 140 of Iran’s 320 screens and in many cultural centres in remote cities across the country after opening the Montreal Film Festival on August 27.
Box office receipts for “Muhammad” have hit 30 billion Iranian Rials, roughly $1 million, in two weeks, according to the government-controlled Tehran Times. If that figure is accurate, it’s a nice haul.
The incendiary issue that Muslims are not allowed to depict God in images »
- Nick Vivarelli
What do our eight most recent winners for the best picture Oscar -- "No Country For Old Men," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Hurt Locker," "The King's Speech," "The Artist," "12 Years a Slave" and "Birdman" -- have in common? Every single one of them premiered (either in theaters or at a film festival) by mid-September. One has to go back to Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" to find a best picture winner we hadn't seen by September 20 in a given year, and it missed that mark only by a week (it premiered on September 26). That begs the question: Have we already seen our ultimate winner of the incoming awards season? If so, the answer is not so obvious. In other years, by the time the Toronto International Film Festival reached its halfway point, films like "The King's Speech" and "12 Years a Slave" were already being deemed the likely champions. Notably, that was not the case last year. »
- Peter Knegt
His follow-up to Frank, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room packed quite the emotional punch for audiences at this years Toronto International Film Festival, and went on to pick up the Grolsch People’s Choice Award, which bodes well for the Irish director’s adaption of Emma Donoghue’s (who also provided the screenplay) novel of the same name. The coveted award has quite a bit of prestige attached to it, as previous winners have done quite well in the Oscar race, with Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, and 12 Years a Slave going on to win the award for Best Picture. Starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Room is the story of a mother and her young son who are held captive in a small for over seven years. This win is huge, as it solidifies Room as an Oscar contender and there is no doubt we’ll hear its name »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Justin Chang: And so ends another edition of the Toronto Intl. Film Festival — the 40th edition, as it happens, which organizers chose to commemorate in part by unveiling a competition slate (Platform) and a sidebar devoted to episodic TV premieres (Primetime). Not all that transpired here, of course, has been quite so celebratory. Market activity has been on the slow side, and there were two controversial last-minute withdrawals from the lineup — Sydney Pollack’s “Amazing Grace” (which was also yanked a week earlier from Telluride) and Mathew Cullen’s “London Fields” — due to creative differences and behind-the-scenes legal wrangling. Worst of all was the sad news from abroad that the Polish director Marcin Wrona, having just attended the well-received world premiere of his Discovery entry “Demon” at Toronto, had died shortly before his film was about to be unveiled at the Gdynia Film Festival.
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- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
Room has been awarded the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Watch the trailer for Room below: »
There are few festival awards that have much actual bearing on the awards season, but Tiff's People's Choice Award has for years been a key augur of which films could be major players on the road to Oscar. Past winners include "The King's Speech," "The Imitation Game," "12 Years a Slave," and "Slumdog Millionaire," and this year the coveted trophy went to a movie that certainly got a lot of talk around Toronto. Read More: The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The Toronto International Film Festival Tiff announced that Lenny Abrahamson's "Room" won the People's Choice Award. The moving drama starring Brie Larson is based on the acclaimed novel by Emma Donoghue and tells the harrowing story of a young woman and her son, held captive in the titular room, who plot an escape to freedom. It's one of the movies that was a big highlight for me at the fest, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lenny Abrahamson's dark drama "Room" won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival over the likes of "Brooklyn," "The Danish Girl" and "Spotlight." (See the full list of winners below.) This surprise victory bodes well for its Oscar hopes. Of the previous 37 Tiff champs, 13 reaped Best Picture bids at the Oscars and five of them won the top Academy Award: "Chariots of Fire" (1981), "American Beauty" (1999), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The King's Speech" (2010) and "12 Years a Slave" (2013). -Break- The eight also-rans at the Oscars were "The Big Chill" (1983), "Places in the Heart" (1984), "Shine" (1996), "Life is Beautiful" (1998), "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), "Precious" (2009), "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012) and last year's winner, »
The Toronto Film Festival threw a bit of a curve ball Sunday, announcing that Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” had claimed this year’s People’s Choice Award. The prize, often an awards season harbinger, has gone to films such as “American Beauty,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech” and “12 Years a Slave” in the past.
The bestseller adaptation began its journey at the Telluride Film Festival two weeks ago, where it was one of the most popular films of the fest. It is in a prime position to be A24’s first best picture nominee to date, with Brie Larson a sure-fire leading actress contender and 8-year-old Jacob Tremblay a strong supporting actor possibility.
Other films that played the fest »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Toronto International Film Festival is flying by, but there are still World Premieres to be seen. On Day 8, the world premiere of The Man Who Knew Infinity took place at Roy Thompson Hall, where stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Jeremy Irons walked the red carpet and greeted fans. The film tells the story of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan who revolutionized the field.
The North American premiere of Alice Winocour’s Disorder also took place at Roy Thompson Hall, where star Diane Kruger (who also stars in the Platform selection, Sky), graced the red carpet. Disorder stars Kruger alongside Matthias Schoenaerts as a woman who is protected by the ex-soldier suffering from Ptsd, during a home invasion.
- Adriana Floridia
Larson will be seen next in Room which opens in the States on October 16th before expanding wide on November 6th and hitting UK shores on January 29th.
- Tom Beasley
Brie Larson flew onto everyone's radar with "Short Term 12," and while a handful of smaller roles followed in pictures like "The Gambler" and this summer's "Trainwreck," she once again gets a showcase part in the upcoming "Room." The wrenching drama will wring more than a few tears from audiences and the actress is using that momentum to book another promising gig. Variety reports that Larson has replaced Emma Stone on "Battles Of The Sexes," with the latter bowing out due to scheduling issues. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are directed the movie, penned by "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 Hours" scribe Simon Beaufoy, with Danny Boyle producing, about the 1973 Battles Of The Sexes tennis match between the 29-year-old, number two-ranked Billie Jean King, and the retired, sorta boorish champ Bobby Riggs. There are some competing projects about the same subject »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The director of the Toronto film festival, speaking alongside artistic director Cameron Bailey, addresses the suggestion that year’s line-up was weak, talks about cinema’s shrinking middle-ground and says film-makers need to recapture their adventurous spirit
As the 40th Toronto film festival comes to a close on Sunday, its directors have defended an edition that some in the industry have described as below-par. While in previous years films such as 12 Years a Slave and Slumdog Millionaire have emerged as certain winners not only of the festival’s People’s Choice award but of the Oscars the following year, in 2015, much-anticipated titles such as gay rights dramas Freeheld and Stonewall have been trashed, while others, such as Truth, Spotlight and The Martian, have won warm but not ecstatic notices.
“It’s just different,” said Toronto CEO Piers Handling. “A lot of journalists and people in the industry say: ‘Where’s the buzz film? »
- Catherine Shoard
Winning the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival is a major feather in the cap for any film — and, for many, the launching pad for even loftier goals. Indeed, five went on to win best picture at the Academy Awards.
Chariots of Fire (1981): This true story about two Olympic athletes, one a devout Christian running for God, the other an English Jew running to overcome prejudice, in the 1924 Games won best picture at the 54th Academy Awards. A few months before receiving that statue it premiered at Tiff and took home the audience award. The film’s legacy, and particularly its theme song (which earned composer Vangelis an Oscar), endures to this day.
American Beauty (1999): Screenwriter Alan Ball‘s family drama about a depressed suburban father (Kevin Spacey) who suffers a mid-life crisis after developing an infatuation on his teenage daughter’s best friend, »
- Patrick Shanley
Everest comes to the screen from director Baltasar Kormákur, the Icelandic filmmaker who made an impact on cinema with his debut 101 Reykjavík all of the way back in 200. Since then, Kormákur found has found his mainstream Hollywood footing, working alongside Mark Wahlberg on the films 2 Guns and Contraband. In Everest, the talented director has his most ambitious project yet.
Featuring an ensemble, supremely talented cast that includes Jason Clarke, Keira Knightly, John Hawkes, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal, Everest revolves around a group of adventurers who are face the toughest, and indeed highest peak on the planet. Based on a true story, the film sees Clarke’s Rob Hall lead an elite group of people up the mountain, all of them »
- Paul Heath
Steve Jobs was one of the most influential men of the 20th and 21st centuries. A driving force in the personal computer and smartphone revolutions, his vision and commitment to bold new ideas changed the daily lives of billions of people. And while there have already been a number of movies about the man behind the iPhone, none have carried quite as much prestige as this fall's Steve Jobs. The new movie is directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), written by Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The Social Network), and stars Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Prometheus), and now we've got a new look at it thanks to the next full-length trailer below. The film has already screened for lucky film festival crowds, with buzz pegging it to be one of this...
- Peter Hall
We. Can't. Wait. Universal just dropped a second, two-minute trailer for "Steve Jobs." In the dramatic clip, Jobs (played by Michael Fassbender) gives us a glimpse of what really went down behind-the-scenes during three of Apple's biggest product launches to-date. Many remember Steve for the pivotal part he played in the so-called "digital revolution," which sought to not only transform modern technology as we know it, but to bring the already-established computer into the homes of people everywhere. Check out the clip above to see Fassbender's intense performance! The biopic -- directed by "Slumdog Millionaire's" Danny Boyle -- debuted at the Telluride Film Festival last week and was met with rave reviews. A-listers Seth Rogen (Steve Wozniak), Kate Winslet (Joanna Hoffman) and Jeff Daniels (John Sculley) fill out the impressive cast. Are you excited to see "Steve Jobs" when it hits theaters nationwide October 23? Sound off below and check »
- tooFab Staff
Here's a fun bit of trivia. What do these eleven films have in common: "Legends of the Fall," "The English Patient," "Titanic," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "There Will Be Blood," "Slumdog Millionaire," "Inception," "Life of Pi," "Gravity" and "Birdman"? Answer: These films won the Best Cinematography Oscar in their respective years and which prevailed over nominated films from peerless cinematographer and all-round class act Roger Deakins. Deserving as many of those awards might have been, it is, to put it politely, getting a little bit ridiculous. Over the past twenty years since his first nod for "The Shawshank Redemption" back in 1995, Deakins has managed a dozen nominations (even netting two in one year) but zero wins. This week's "Sicario," from director Denis Villeneuve (read our review), is so »
- The Playlist Staff
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Steve Jobs is set for release on November 13th and features Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Steve Jobs, Kate Winslet (Insurgent) as Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen (The Interview) as Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber To) as John Sculley alongside Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) and Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire).
- Scott J. Davis
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