’12 Years A Slave’ Wins Coveted Prize At The Toronto International Film Festival

Niki Cruz - Author

Sep. 16 2013, Updated 1:48 p.m. ET

The Toronto International Film Festival, like most film festivals, are about discovering talented filmmakers, experiencing new films, and said films getting distribution. Among the titles, there are a few films that garner huge attention, and break out from the pack that’s shown at the festival.

One of those films is certainly Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. The film that details the true story of a man being bought into slavery, is gaining momentum at just the right time, as it will undoubtedly be looked at for more than a few awards now that we have started Oscar season.

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So far the reception hasn’t been without merit, as it has taken the big prize from the Toronto International Film Festival. 12 Years A Slave, following in the footsteps of previous winners like Silver Linings Playbook, The King’s Speech, and Slumdog Millionaire, has taken home to People’s Choice Award.

12 Years a Slave certainly had its work cut out for them. It was among some very well received titles like the Sandra Bullock vehicle Gravity, Philomena, and the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller drama Prisoners.

In addition to 12 Years a Slave winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the top prize for documentary was announced, and went to The Square.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Steve McQueen was enthusiastic to receive such an honor at the Toronto International Film Festival. The filmmaker told THR:

“At a festival that has shown so many brilliant films, I cannot be more thrilled to receive this award. “I am deeply grateful to all the people who have worked on this film, and that their amazing work has been recognized.”

12 Years a Slave made a huge impact during its September 6 festival premiere, and was met with a standing ovation.

Looks like Oscar is certainly in the film’s sights.


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