Toronto Winners: Slumdog Millionaire Wins People's Choice
by Alex Billington
September 13, 2008
Today is the very last day of the Toronto International Film Festival and the winners of the fest's various awards have just been announced. Although these awards don't always translate well into actual viewing interest, we mention them because they shed some additional light on films that are at least worth mentioning. This year the big winner is Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, the film we've been talking about since Telluride. The other winners are also solid choices, so take a look. Only one of these awards is voted on by the audience, the others are chosen by various juries. The People's Choice winner here in Toronto does actually carry a lot of weight, and since it's Slumdog this time, I couldn't agree more!
Cadillac People's Choice Award: Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire
First Runner-Up: Kristopher Belman's More Than A Game
Second Runner-Up: Cyrus Nowrasteh's The Stoning of Soraya M
Best Canadian Feature Film: Rodrigue Jean's Lost Song
Best Canadian Feature Film - Special Citation: Atom Egoyan's Adoration
Best Canadian First Feature Film: Marie-Helene Cousineau's Before Tomorrow
Best Canadian First Feature Film - Special Citation: Lyne Charlebois' Borderline
Diesel Discovery Award: Steve McQueen's Hunger
FIPRESCI Prize: Derick Martini's Lymelife / Steve Jacobs' Disgrace
Those who have been following my coverage know that I absolutely hated Hunger, but that's a story for another day. I couldn't be happier to see Lymelife, a little indie film without any buzz at all, win an award! The FIPRESCI Prize is actually judged by a jury of international critics, which makes it all the more sweeter. There are of course plenty of movies that I wish could've gotten some additional mention, but for now, this is a solid list of winners from Toronto. I'll be curious to see how many of these actually take off in theaters and how many are forgotten about weeks after this festival ends. You can check out all of our coverage from the fest here. Stay tuned for more reviews, interviews, and updates as we wrap up the fest.