’12 Years a Slave’ Wins Toronto Film Festival’s Top Audience Award

12 Years a Slave Gotham Audience

Toronto –  British director Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” has won the Toronto film festival’s top audience prize, it was announced Sunday at the event’s awards brunch.

Stephen Frears’ “Philomena” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners” were first and second runners-up.

Sion Sono’s “Why Don’t You Play In Hell?” nabbed the Midnight Madness aud award, while Jehane Noujaim’s “The Square” won the documentary aud award.

Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida” won the juried FIPRESCI Prize for best film in the festival’s Special Presentations program. The FIPRESCI jury named Claudia Sainte-Luce’s “The Amazing Catfish” best film in the Discovery program.

The NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) award for best world or Asian film premiere went to Anup Singh’s “Qissa.”

Veteran Toronto documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig won the juried best Canadian feature award and C$30,000 cash for “When Jews Were Funny.” Peter Stebbing’s “Empire of Dirt” received a special jury citation in the category.

Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver’s animated feature “Asphalt Watches,” which screened in Vanguard, took home best Canadian first feature and C$15,000. Clif Prowse and Derek Lee’s midnighter “Afflicted” was the runner-up.

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  1. Sekayi says:

    No rape? Really? Lol!! Oh the delusion!! They’ve already done the DNA for Thomas Jefferson’s AFRICAN offspring!! And he was suppose to be your elite!! Just get over it! Your ancestors were some barbaric and evil people. They used human beings to build their countries and now treat them as subhuman. Even stealing the culture with your Jesus.

  2. Sekayi says:

    Why would we get over it? Give back the free labor! Give back the lives! Give back the wealth! An if you don’t want to do that then don’t cry about the karma your ancestors have left for you.

  3. Sekayi says:

    The fact that whites can continue to believe they didn’t do anything wrong because SOME Afrikans sold us to you evil bastards is amazing.

  4. Julienne says:

    More “Race-Baiting,” movies for the Dem-Lib party, so they can maintain their voting base and get mo free money. Dividing our country is their primary motive for making these types of films. Get over it!

    Every race and every creed has been slaves around the world…and throughout time. The Jews were slaves for over 600 years. African blacks were sold by african-blacks…FACT.

    Like “The Butler,” with the made-up white-on-black rape and murder that never happened in the “True Story.”

  5. I was floored as I saw this as an audience in Toronto. This film left all of us speechless. Humanity.

  6. elodiebrd says:

    Can’t wait to see this movie and all the great cast in it. McQueen should’ve absolutely won an Oscar for Shame and didn’t even get a nomination. And this film was an absolute chef-d’oeuvre, that’s a proof that the Oscar should absolutely not be the only reference for a film’s merit.

  7. Congratulations to 12 YEARS A SLAVE: may this be the beginning of strong audiences and a fruitful award season! The 15SEP Los Angeles Times Calendar Feedback section published my letter today concerning this film: bravo to all!

  8. Glenn C. says:

    Love McQueens work. SHAME was great. Smart and talented director. Was the one too that brought Michael Fassbender out of the shadows by giving him the chances to really act! Great move too!

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