Toronto 2010: ‘King’s Speech,’ ‘Incendies’ among award winners

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The Toronto International Film Festival handed out its prizes Sunday, giving its audience award, the Cadillac People’s Choice award, to Tom Hooper’s period British dramedy ‘The King’s Speech.’ The City of Toronto award for best Canadian feature went to Denis Villeneuve’s French-Canadian immigrant drama ‘Incendies.’

Both films have been picked up for U.S. distribution -- Sony Pictures Classics will distribute ‘Incendies’ and Weinstein Co. will release ‘Speech.’ The audience award for ‘Speech’ provides the first boost to a film expected to be a major awards-season player. The Toronto audience selected Justin Chadwick’s inspirational drama ‘First Grader’ as the runner-up for the people’s choice prize.


The audience’s selection for the best Midnight Madness film went to Jim Mickle’s vampire road-movie ‘Stake Land,’ and runner-up honors in that category went to Michael Howse’s screwball comedy ‘Fubar II.’ The documentary prize went to Sturla Gunnarsson’s ‘Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie,’ while the runner-up was Patricio Guzman’s ‘Nostalgia for the Light.’

Deborah Chow, meanwhile, was given the award for best Canadian first feature for her performance-minded drama ‘The High Cost of Living.’ And Vincent Biron was handed the prize for best Canadian short for his childhood summertime drama ‘Les Fleurs de l’Age.’

The International Federation of Film Critics also awarded its prizes Sunday, giving its Discovery award to Shawn Ku for his American drama ‘Beautiful Boy’ and its special presentations prize to Pierre Thoretton for his French-language art-world film ‘L’Amour Fou.’

The Toronto International Film Festival winds down today.

-- Steven Zeitchik


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