Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans wins Toronto audience award

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Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical coming-of-age drama The Fabelmans received the Toronto International Film Festival’s prime prize, the People’s Choice Award, solidifying its early standing as Academy Awards frontrunner.

Toronto’s audience award was introduced Sunday as the biggest North American film competition wrapped up its forty seventh version and first full-scale gathering in three years. The return of crowds at TIFF introduced the world premieres of a variety of anticipated crowd pleasers, together with the Viola Davis-led The Woman King, Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and Billy Eichner’s Bros.

Toronto’s audience award, voted on by competition moviegoers, is a much-watched harbinger of the approaching awards season. Each of the final ten years, the TIFF winner has gone on to be nominated for finest image on the Oscars — and sometimes received it. Last yr, Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast triumphed at a much-diminished hybrid Toronto International Film Festival. The yr earlier than that, Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland took TIFF’s award earlier than successful on the Academy Awards. Other previous winners embody 12 Years a Slave, La La Land and Green Book.

This yr, no film got here into the competition extra anticipated than The Fabelmans, Spielberg’s memory-infused film about his childhood. In the movie, which Universal Pictures will launch Nov. 11, Michelle Williams and Paul Dano play the mother and father, with newcomer Gabriel LaBelle as teenage Spielberg, Sammy Fabelman. The film scored rave critiques after its premiere.

Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans A nonetheless from Steven Spielberg’s film The Fabelmans.

“This is essentially the most private film I’ve made and the nice and cozy reception from everybody in Toronto made my first go to to TIFF so intimate and private for me and my whole ‘Fabelman’ household,’” Spielberg mentioned in an announcement learn by Cameron Bailey, competition director.

The first runner-up to the prize was Sarah Polley’s Woman Talking, about the feminine members of a Mennonite colony gathered to debate years of sexual abuse. The second runner-up went to Johnson’s Glass Onion, the director’s whodunit sequel for Netflix.

Audience in different sections of the competition additionally vote for People’s Choice awards. The competition’s audience prize for documentary went to “Black Ice,” Hubert Davis’ film about the historical past of Black hockey gamers govt produced by LeBron James. The midnight part winner was “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” Eric Appel’s music biopic parody co-written with Yankovic and starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Wow, mentioned Appel in an announcement. “I by no means in one million years thought that our satire of conventional awards movies would really win an award, itself.”

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