The people speak in Toronto


By now you should know that there aren’t any truly reliable pointers to the Oscars. But the people’s choice award at the Toronto Film Festival has kicked up quite a few contenders at a relatively early stage in proceedings.

The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire both began their march to the top gong from the Toronto podium. This year’s winner was David O Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, the picture received a equal blend of outright raves and guarded approval from the critics. Seven Psychopaths, the latest from Martin McDonagh, took the the audience award in the Midnight Madness sidebar.

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