From American Beauty (1997) to 12 Years a Slave (2014), the Toronto International Film Festival is famous for debuting Oscar-winning films – and this year’s TIFF was no exception.
The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, took home the coveted Grolsch People’s Choice Award (TIFF’s top prize) on Sunday, leading many to wonder if it, too, will follow in past victors’ Academy Award-winning footsteps.
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People’s Choice winners have a history of cleaning up at the Oscars, with three of the past six winners – The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and last year’s victor, 12 Years a Slave – going on to win Best Picture.
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However, this year's festival — dubbed the "Year of the Biopic" — has a slew of riveting performances that stood out for TIFF audiences.
From Reese Witherspoon’s emotional journey in Wild to The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking, Hello! looks at the festival's top films and actors who are generating Oscar buzz this year.