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'The Imitation Game' puts pressure on Oscar rivals for Best Picture in latest predictions

16 September 2014 11:56 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

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..." »

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Oscars News: Is 'The Imitation Game' on the right track for big Oscar wins?

15 September 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

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...' »

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8 important awards season revelations after Venice, Telluride and Toronto

15 September 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The race for Oscar is akin to a political campaign, and the first three Fall film festivals have made a significant impact on all the major races. Consider that Venice, Telluride and Toronto take place within three weeks of each other and you have a huge indicator of how the season will progress. With that in mind, here are eight major takeaways that are still buzzing in our heads as the Oscar race begins. "The Imitation Game" just got a huge head start. Harvey's had a tough year at the box office. He isn't going to have a tough year with Oscar. "The Imitation Game" was the hit of Telluride and took the People's Choice Award at Toronto (something The Weinstein Company movies seem to have an awful amount of luck with). It's not quite the slam dunk that "The King's Speech" or "The Artist" were because it "appears »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'The Imitation Game' wins Toronto Film Festival award - Oscar next?

14 September 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"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..." »

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Tiff 2014: The Imitation Game is this year's People's Choice

14 September 2014 1:06 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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

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The Imitation Game wins People's Choice Award at Toronto Film Festival

14 September 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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).

Many films that won the People's Choice Award have gone on to win Best Picture Oscar, with Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Speech and 12 Years A Slave all taking both honours.

The Imitation Game stars Cumberbatch alongside Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode and Rory Kinnear.

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 -
 The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum

People's Choice Award For Documentary
 - Beats of the Antonov, directed by Hajooj Kuka

People's Choice Midnight Madness Award - What We Do in the Shadows, directed by Jemaine Clement, »

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

14 September 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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

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Oscar-bound 'Imitation Game' wins Toronto's People's Choice Award

14 September 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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The Imitation Game Wins At The The Toronto International Film Festival

14 September 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

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, »

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You Decide: Who will will Original Screenplay Oscar? 'Boyhood,' 'Foxcatcher' ...?

13 September 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Who will win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay? You can now make your predictions in our prediction center. -Break- You Decide: Who will will Adapted Screenplay Oscar? 'Unbroken,' 'Gone Girl' ...? It's hard to identify a common theme in this Oscar race; in the last 10 years, the award has gone to dramas ("Crash") and comedies ("Little Miss Sunshine," "Juno"), true stories ("Milk") and fiction ("The Hurt Locker"), period films ("The King's Speech") and sci-fi ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Her"). But if there's one thing a screenplay winner usually needs, it's broad academy support. The last nine winners in a row were also Best Picture nominees. A number of strong Best Picture hopefuls might contend for their original scripts, including "Boyhood," written and directed by two-time past Oscar-nominee Richard »

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Tiff 2014: From Redmayne to Gyllenhaal, 8 most buzzed-about actors at Tiff

13 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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

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Contender Countdown: 'Imitation Game' gets the early love for best picture

11 September 2014 9:38 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Toronto — If it's September, not only is it fall film festival time, but it's also time for the return of the Contender Countdown. Yes, your weekly snapshot of the Best Picture race is back and who knew 2014 might actually deliver another real race? By this point last season, the showdown between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" was well under way. There were some films on the horizon that had a chance at joining the fray, but it never really came to pass. The 2015 season is markedly different. Venice, Telluride and Toronto have ended with only two major contenders having been vetted by pundits and audiences alike, "The Imitation Game" and "Birdman." Neither is the frontrunner yet, although the former may jump into the lead fairly quickly. Toronto's major honor, the People's Choice Award, will be announced on Sunday. Over the past six years three winners went on to win the Best Picture Oscar ("Slumdog Millionaire, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Oscars News: Is Benedict Cumberbatch a 'nearly perfect' Oscar bet for 'The Imitation Game'?

9 September 2014 12:52 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Michael Cieply describes Benedict Cumberbatch as "a nearly perfect Oscar bet" for "The Imitation Game." With veteran campaigner Harvey Weinstein behind the project, he refers to the film as "The King's Speech" meets "A Beautiful Mind" on "Brokeback Mountain." Cumberbatch plays British mathematician Alan Turing and his successful quest to break the Nazi military code during World War II. However, he was a closeted gay man who was horribly treated after the war.  Cumberbatch just won an Emmy Award in August for "Sherlock: His Last Vow" and now seeks his first Oscar nod. New York Times -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Nicole Sperling talks of the many surprises at the Toronto Film Festival in the past few days. She calls the "relative unknown" Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") the new frontrunner for Best Actor ...' »

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'The Equalizer' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Denzel Washington Thriller

7 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

When you think of the Toronto International Film Festival, you probably thing of highbrow arty fare, impenetrable foreign movies, and the kind of creatively functional, feel-good crowd-pleasers that transcend the festival circuit and go on to make lots of money and win lots of Oscars.

And then there's "The Equalizer," Sony's big-screen, Denzel Washington-led adaptation of the '80s crime show, which opened at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. In the movie, Washington's character, a shadowy figure who now works at a Home Depot-style hardware store, gets targeted by Russian mobsters in Boston after he goes out of his way to try and save a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz).

So, no, it's not exactly "The King's Speech."

But that doesn't mean that it should be struck from the festival's program. How does this new "Equalizer" hold up? And, when it opens at the end of the month, »

- Drew Taylor

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Toronto Film Festival to kick off season of buzz

3 September 2014 7:51 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Toronto (AP) - The commodity that most fuels the fervor of the annual Toronto International Film Festival is that elusive lifeblood of Hollywood's awards season: buzz.

That's what the major films will be seeking at Tiff, which opens Thursday with the premiere of the Robert Downey Jr. courtroom drama The Judge. The festival packs some 285 feature films into 10 days of north-of-the-border movie-going gluttony.

An eager reception. A hearty standing ovation. Viral tweets. These are the seeds that many of the fall's most anticipated films will hope to sow in Toronto, the first sprouts of - they hope - lengthy Oscar campaigns. Toronto is where best picture-winning films like The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire debuted, and while there isn't an obvious 2014 candidate to that lineage, there are a host of films looking to capture Toronto's spotlight. »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Timothy Spall Takes the Lead in Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' Biopic Trailer

3 September 2014 3:50 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Those lucky enough to attend Telluride last weekend, Tiff this month or Nyff shortly thereafter will all get a chance to see the period biopic Mr. Turner starring Timothy Spall (The King's Speech, the Harry Potter franchise). Directed by Mike Leigh (Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake), the film looks at the life of British painter J.M.W. Turner, who lived from 1775-1851. But the film focuses on the last 25 years of his life through plenty of ups and downs from family illness to romance. From this trailer, Spall seems to deliver an award worthy performance, and there's plenty of beauty in the cinematography and production design too. Here's the first Us trailer for Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner, originally from Apple: Mr. Turner is written and directed by Mike Leigh (Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky). In the film Timothy Spall plays eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner. Profoundly affected »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Mr. Holmes' Starring Ian McKellan Lands at Miramax

3 September 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Global film and television studio Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings franchise, X-Men franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages).

The film, based on the novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullin and adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess, Casanova, Stage Beauty), is currently in post-production.

Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., Chairman of Miramax, had this to say in his statement.

"Mr. Holmes is a smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest caliber director, cast and producers, and it is a perfect fit for Miramax. We are very pleased to acquire U.S. »

- MovieWeb

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Toronto International Film Festival 2014: A Preview in Pictures - Part 1

2 September 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

It's that time of year again as festival and awards season concurrently kick-off with what is essentially one of the largest international film festivals on the globe, the Toronto International Film Festival (or Tiff), this year celebrating its 39th year as one of the festivals where some of the noteworthy awards films will premiere.

Everything from Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker to Paul Haggis' Crash to The King's Speech and Silver Linings Playbook and others have had their debuts in Toronto in early September before going on to Oscar gold. Sure, some of them played a couple days before at the Telluride Film Festival, but that's as much or more for industry people than regular moviegoers at this point. We shouldn't forget that many of the Toronto People's Choice Award winners went on to fare just as well among Academy voters, movies like last year's winner 12 Years a Slave. »

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Stammer School: Musharaf Finds His Voice review: a great advert for the decency of humanity

28 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

An emotional reunion with Educating Yorkshire's Musharaf Asghar and inspiring encounters with other stammerers as they fight to overcome their disability

During the final episode of Channel 4's outstanding school documentary Educating Yorkshire, Musharaf Asghar, a pupil with a severe stammer, applied tactics his teacher Mr Burton had picked up from The King's Speech (listening to music on headphones, tapping out words) and gave a slow, certain talk to a room full of his peers. His friends and teachers sobbed. Viewers collapsed into a soggy pool of joyful tears. It was a beautiful triumph, a moment of pure elation, and it was one of the defining moments of television in 2013.

We met up with Asghar again in Stammer School: Musharaf Finds His Voice (Channel 4), an hour-long documentary which followed him and other stammerers as they participated in a residential course designed to give them back their voices. »

- Rebecca Nicholson

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Watch the new teaser trailer for Telluride entry 'Foxcatcher'

28 August 2014 12:42 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As fully expected, Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" was on the Telluride slate when it was announced this morning. This marks Miller's second trip to the Colorado fest after 2005's "Capote," and that last time was kind of significant. Many will point to the 2005 Telluride program as a real turning point for its place in the Oscar scheme. In addition to "Capote," Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" came here (after premiering in Venice the day before), as did James Mangold's Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line." Suddenly the in-betweener slot made a lot of sense, and after that we saw "Juno," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech," "Argo," "12 Years a Slave," etc., etc. Is this year's Best Picture winner on hand this time around? And will Miller's latest get as solid a boost out of the mountains this year as "Capote" did? Time will tell. For now, Sony Classics has made sure »

- Kristopher Tapley

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