My horse that I picked months ago to be this year’s big winner has gotten another major boost. Lee Daniels’ film Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire has won the People’s Choice Awards at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. This follows on the film’s success at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and its near unanimous critical acclaim.
Last year’s People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival was Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, which eventually went on to win 8 Oscars including Best Picture. Previous winners of the prize include Oscar nominated films Eastern Promises, Tsotsi, and Hotel Rwanda.
I don’t want to be misleading by implying that winning the People’s Choice Award at TIFF is an automatic ticket to Oscar gold. Historically the results of the voting at the festival have not had a major influence on the Oscar race. However, recently the films at Toronto have been getting more competitive. The films at this year’s TIFF include several speculated frontrunners for the upcoming awards race. Among films like Up in the Air, A Single Man, A Serious Man, Bright Star, and The Men Who Stare at Goats, the fact that Precious stood out amongst them all is a big deal.
I anticipate in the coming weeks as websites begin to update their Oscar predictions, you will see Precious creeping up towards the top of many Best Picture charts. I can guarantee that I’m sticking to my guns and it will stay on top of mine.
Here are the rest of the awards from the Toronto International Film Festival:
CADILLAC PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Mao’s Last Dance
The Topp Twins
Capitalism: A Love Story
The Loved Ones
What do you think of Precious‘ chance for a Best Picture win?
[Source: Alternate Film Guide]