The Toronto International Film Festival wrapped up this past weekend, and although it looked much different than previous years (thanks to the virus) there were still awards to be handed out.
The grand prize, the People’s Choice Award, was announced early Sunday morning, and it was the Frances McDormand drama, Nomadland, taking home the top prize.
The film, which was written/directed by Chloe Zhao, is based on the 2017 non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. As mentioned above, Frances stars as a woman who leaves her small town to travel around the American Midwest.
Coming in second? Regina King’s One Night In Miami film, which has been praised by critics and is an Oscar frontrunner, alongside Nomadland.
Third in voting was Beans, a Canadian drama film that tells the story of the Oka Crisis.
The Oka Crisis was a land dispute between a group of Mohawk people and the town of Oka, Quebec, Canada, which began on July 11, 1990, and lasted 78 days until September 26, 1990 with one fatality.
So yeah. hats off to the films listed above, the People’s Choice Award at TIFF is a big deal.
The People’s Choice winner at TIFF, since a streak that started in 2011, has been guaranteed at the very least an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, and in some cases like Green Book, Slumdog Millionaire, and others a Best Picture win