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TIFF: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans’ Wins Audience Award



Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans picked up the top People’s Choice honor on Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival, which wrapped up its 47th edition.

Spielberg’s latest film grabbed the top audience award at TIFF, which is often a barometer of future Academy Award nominations. The Fabelmans, co-written by Tony Kushner, marks the first time the Oscar winner debuted a movie at the Toronto Film Festival.

The childhood memoir will be released Nov. 11 via Universal.

The first runner-up for the top audience prize was Sarah Polley’s Women Talkingwhile the second runner-up was Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knife’s Out Mystery from Netflix.

The People’s Choice award for best documentary went to Hubert Davis’s Black Ice, a film about systemic racism in Canadian ice hockey, while the top audience prize for best Midnight Madness sidebar title went to Eric Appel’s Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.

Previous TIFF audience award winners — including Room, La La Land, 12 Years a Slave and Nomadland — received a lift from the Canadian festival on their way to Academy Awards glory or an upset win.

The People’s Choice Awards are voted on by TIFF attendees. Participants could not vote more than once online using their email address, as TIFF measured the origin of each vote and matched them to the festival’s ticket buyer information and database.

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