Sunday, 15 September 2013

12 YEARS A SLAVE WINS PEOPLE'S CHOICE AT TIFF


People's Choice Award
12 Years a Slave
Runners-Up: Philomena and Prisoners

People's Choice Award for Documentary
The Square
Runners-Up: Beyond the Edge and Hi-Ho Mistahey

People's Choice Award for Midnight Madness
Why Don't You Play in Hell?
Runners-Up: OCULUS and Witching and Bitching

FIPRESCI Prize for Special Presentations Section
Ida

FIPRESCI Prize for Discovery Section
The Amazing Catfish

Best Canadian Feature Film
When Jews Were Funny

Best Canadian First Feature Film
Asphalt Watches

NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film
Qissa

Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award
All the Wrong Reasons

Best Canadian Short Film
Noah

The last time I saw a film attain this much buzz this early in the year was Up in the Air. It went on to lose to The Hurt Locker in a battle with Avatar, with Inglourious Basterds and Precious likely just behind, riding its wave to zero Oscar wins. And it starred George Clooney, was directed by the affable Jason Reitman, was a shoo-in for Adapted Screenplay and didn't feature any scenes of slaves being whipped.