’12 Years a Slave’ wins top award at Toronto Film Festival

12 Years a Slave” just firmed up its lead in the Oscar Best Picture race by winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Many past recipients of the fest prize went on to bag the top Oscar, including “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “The King’s Speech” (2010) and “American Beauty” (1999).

Other past TIFF champs were notable Best Picture nominees in the Academy Awards derby: “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012), “Precious” (2009), “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), “Life Is Beautiful” (1997).

Philomena” came in TIFF’s runner-up slot this year, followed by “Prisoners.”

12 Years a Slave” just took over the lead in Gold Derby’s survey asking Oscar pundits to forecast the Best Picture race. Read the report.

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