TIFF 2010: Awards Announced

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The awards for the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival have been announced, and there was some major surprises. This year, audiences in Toronto gave the People’s Choice Award to The King’s Speech when many believed it would go to the Black Swan.

The King’s Speech tells the story of the man who would become King George VI, the father of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ‘Bertie’ VI (Colin Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded nervous stammer and considered unfit to be King, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.

The award offers a $15,000 cash prize and custom award, sponsored by Cadillac. Runner-up is Justin Chadwick’s First Grader (United Kingdom).

The Cadillac People’s Choice Documentary Award was given to to Sturla Gunnarsson’s Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (Canada). At 75 years old, David Suzuki shows no signs of slowing down. In this captivating documentary portrait, the passionate environmentalist’s legacy lecture is entwined with candid interviews in which he reflects on his life and shares deeply personal stories, revealing a side previously unseen. Runner-up is Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light (France/Germany/Chile).

The Cadillac People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award was given to Jim Mickle’s Stake Land (USA).

In the aftermath of a vampire epidemic, a teen is taken in by a grizzled vampire hunter on a road trip through a post-apocalyptic America, battling both the bloodsuckers and a fundamentalist militia that interprets the plague as the Lord’s work. Runner-up is Michael Dowse’s Fubar II (Canada).

Here is a list of some other winners:

Best Canadian Short Film: Vincent Biron – Les Fleurs de l’âge

Best Canadian First Feature: Deborah Chow – The High Cost of Living

Best Canadian Feature Film: Denis Villeneuve – Incendies

International Film Critics’ Prize for the Discovery Program: Shawn Ku for Beautiful Boy

International Film Critics’ Prize for Special Presentation: Pierre Thoretton for L’Amour Fou (France)

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