Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave has taken the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, making it an early favourite at the Oscars.
Whilst it has become a little bit controversial when it was shown – causing some people to leave due to the harrowing nature of the film – 12 Years a slave also received a huge standing ovation. Based on the story of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841; the film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender amongst others. The film has picked up the coveted People’s Choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film managed to narrowly beat the likes of Philomenia which is directed by Stephen Frear and Prisoners by Denis Vileneuve.
Steve McQueen released the following statement,
“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 recognised.”
The film is now one of the early favourites to pick up the Best Film award at the Oscars next year. Other films that have won the People’s Choice award and went on to win the Oscar are The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire. Last year’s winner at the Toronto International Film Festival was Silver Lining’s Playbook and, although it didn’t win best film, it did go on to pick up some statues.
Will you be checking out 12 Years a Slave?