TIFF People's Choice prize heralds film industry kudos

CBC News Last Updated: July 28, 2014

Considered the world's preeminent publicly accessible film festival, TIFF has developed a reputation as an important testing ground for the subsequent fall movie season and a bellwether for major cinematic honours, from the Academy Awards and Golden Globes to the BAFTAs and European Film Awards. Toronto's audience chooses the festival's most prestigious prizes and, after taking a quick look back at past winners, it seems the people have developed a pretty good eye for film over the years.

From The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire to Chariots of Fire and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, CBC News examines recipients of TIFF's People's Choice Award and a smattering of their post-festival achievements.


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2013
12 Years a Slave
Director
Steve McQueen
Actors
Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Genre
Drama
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12 Years a Slave nabs TIFF People's Choice Award
  • Supporting Actress
  • Picture
  • Adapted Screenplay
  • Picture (Drama)
  • Film
  • Actor
 
 
  • Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award
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2012
Silver Linings Playbook
Director
David O. Russell
Actors
Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
Genre
Comedy, drama
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TIFF People's Choice award goes to Silver Linings Playbook
  • Actress
  • Actress
  • Original Screenplay
 
 
 
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2011
Where Do We Go Now
Director
Nadine Labaki
Actors
Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Leyla Hakim, Nadine Labaki
Genre
Comedy, drama
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Lebanese filmmaker wins top TIFF prize
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2010
The King's Speech
Director
Tom Hooper
Actors
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Genre
Drama, biography, history
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The King's Speech crowned at TIFF
  • Motion Picture
  • Original Screenplay
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Actor
  • Film
  • Music
  • Screenplay (Original)
  • Outstanding British Film
  • Supporting Actor
  • Actor
  • Supporting Actress
 
  • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
  • Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award
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2009
Precious
Director
Lee Daniels
Actors
Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton
Genre
Drama
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Precious wins TIFF People's Choice Award
  • Adapted Screenplay
  • Supporting Actress
  • Supporting Actress
  • Supporting Actress
 
 
  • Stanley Kramer Award
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2008
Slumdog Millionaire
Director
Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan
Actors
Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla
Genre
Drama
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Slumdog Millionaire triumphs at Oscars
  • Best Picture
  • Screenplay - Adapted
  • Cinematography
  • Director
  • Original Score
  • Original Song
  • Sound Mixing
  • Screenplay
  • Picture
  • Original Score
  • Director
  • Film
  • Music
  • Screenplay - Adapted
  • Sound
  • Cinematography
  • Director
  • Editing
 
  • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
  • Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award
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2007
Eastern Promises
Director
David Cronenberg
Actors
Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Genre
Drama, Crime
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Cronenberg's Eastern Promises triumphs at directors guild awards
 
 
 
  • Original Screenplay
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Original Score
  • Overall Sound
  • Sound Editing
  • Special Achievement in make-up design
  • Supporting Actor
 
 
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2006
Bella
Director
Alejandro Monteverde
Actors
Eduardo Verástegui, Tammy Blanchard
Genre
Drama
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2005
Tsotsi
Director
Gavin Hood
Actors
Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano
Genre
Drama, Crime
Related
Dramatic films join Toronto festival lineup
  • Foreign Language Film
 
 
 
 
 
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2004
Hotel Rwanda
Director
Terry George
Actors
Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix
Genre
Drama, History
 
 
 
 
 
  • Stanley Kramer Award
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2003
Zatôichi
Director
Takeshi Kitano
Actors
Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano
Genre
Action, comedy
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2002
Whale Rider
Director
Niki Caro
Actors
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene
Genre
Drama, Family
 
 
  • Children's Award
 
 
 
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2001
Amélie
Director
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Actors
Audrey Tatou, Mathieu Kassovitz
Genre
Comedy
 
 
  • Screenplay - Original
  • Production Design
 
 
 
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2000
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Director
Ang Lee
Actors
Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang
Genre
Action, Drama
  • Foreign Language Film
  • Music - Original Score
  • Art Direction - Set Decoration
  • Cinematography
  • Foreign Language Film
  • Director
  • Film not in the English Language
  • Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
  • Costume design
  • David Lean Award for Direction
 
  • Directorial Achievement
 
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1999
American Beauty
Director
Sam Mendes
Actors
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening
Genre
Drama
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American Beauty wins best picture at the Oscars
  • Picture
  • Screenplay - Original
  • Cinematography
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Motion Picture - Drama
  • Screenplay
  • Director
  • Film
  • Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Actor
  • Actress
 
  • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
  • Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award
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1998
Life is Beautiful
Director
Roberto Benigni
Actors
Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini
Genre
Drama
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'Life is Beautiful' at the Oscars
  • Foreign Language Film
  • Music - Original Dramatic Score
  • Actor
 
  • Actor
 
 
 
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1997
The Hanging Garden
Director
Thom Fitzgerald
Actors
Chris Leavins, Kerry Fox, Ian Parsons
Genre
Drama
 
 
 
  • Screenplay
  • Claude Jutra Award
  • Film editing
  • Supporting Actor
  • Supporting Actress
 
 
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1996
Shine
Director
Scott Hicks
Actors
Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine
Genre
Biography, Drama
  • Actor
  • Actor - Drama
  • Actor
  • Sound
 
 
 
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1995
Antonia's Line
Director
Marleen Gorris
Actors
Willeke van Ammelrooy, Jan Decleir
Genre
Comedy, Drama
  • Foreign Language Film
 
 
 
 
 
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1994
Priest
Director
Antonia Bird
Actors
Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle
Genre
Drama
 
 
 
 
 
 
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1993
The Snapper
Director
Stephen Frears
Actors
Colm Meaney, Tina Kellegher, Ruth McCabe
Genre
Comedy, Drama
 
 
  • Film or Video Editor
  • Sound
 
 
 
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1992
Strictly Ballroom
Director
Baz Luhrmann
Actors
Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter
Genre
Comedy, Drama
 
 
  • Costume Design
  • Film Score
  • Production Design
 
 
 
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1991
The Fisher King
Director
Terry Gilliam
Actors
Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant
Genre
Comedy, Drama
  • Supporting Actress
  • Actor in Comedy/Musical
  • Actress in a Comdey/Musical
 
 
 
 
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1990
Cyrano de Bergerac
Director
Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Actors
Gerard Depardieu. Anne Brochet
Genre
Comedy, Drama
  • Costume design
  • Foreign language film
  • Cinematography
  • Costume design
  • Make Up Artist
  • Original Film Score
 
 
 
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1989
Roger & Me
Director
Michael Moore
Genre
Documentary
 
 
 
 
 
 
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1988
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Director
Pedro Almodóvar
Actors
Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano
Genre
Comedy, Drama
 
 
 
 
 
 
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1987
The Princess Bride
Director
Rob Reiner
Actors
Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright
Genre
Comedy, Adventure
 
 
 
 
 
 
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1986
Le déclin de l'empire américain
Director
Denys Arcand
Actors
Dominique Michel, Dorothée Berryman, Louise Portal
Genre
Comedy, Drama
 
 
 
  • Original Screenplay
  • Motion Picture
  • Golden Reel Award
  • Direction
  • Film editing
  • Sound
  • Sound Editing
  • Supporting Actor
  • Supporting Actress
 
 
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1985
La historia oficial
Director
Luis Puenzo
Actors
Norma Aleandro, Héctor Alterio
Genre
Drama, History
  • Foreign Language Film
  • Best Foreign Film
 
 
 
 
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1984
Places in the Heart
Director
Robert Benton
Actors
Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris
Genre
Drama
  • Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
  • Actress
  • Actress
 
 
 
 
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1983
The Big Chill
Director
Lawrence Kasdan
Actors
Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum
Genre
Drama, Comedy
 
 
 
 
 
 
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1982
Tempest
Director
Paul Mazursky
Actors
John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon
Genre
Drama, Comedy
 
 
 
 
 
 
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1981
Chariots of Fire
Director
Hugh Hudson
Actors
Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell
Genre
Drama, History
  • Picture
  • Costume design
  • Original score
  • Writing - Screenplay written directly for the screen
  • Foreign Film
  • Film
  • Costume Design
  • Supporting Artist
 
 
 
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1980
Bad Timing
Director
Nicolas Roeg
Actors
Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell
Genre
Drama, Mystery
 
 
 
 
 
 
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1979
Best Boy
Director
Ira Wohl
Genre
Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Features
 
 
 
 
 
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1978
Girlfriends
Director
Claudia Weill
Actors
Jane Anderson, Bob Balaban
Genre
Comedy, Drama
 
 
 
 
 
 
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