The people have spoken: “12 Years a Slave” deservedly wins TIFF’s audience award


Bravo to Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt, and a great cast: “12 Years a Slave” is the deserving winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s BlackBerry People’s Choice Award. My prediction, “Philomena,” was the runner-up, followed by another strong choice, “Prisoners.”

I had wondered if “12 Years” was simply TOO powerful, but clearly, audiences in Toronto were impacted as greatly as I was. This is a biggie, and clearly sets up the film for an awards run.

Here is my review of the film for The Film Stage. I’ll be shocked to see anything better in 2013.

Photo courtesy of TIFF