September 21st, 2010
12:33 PM ET
With Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” taking the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the L.A. Times points to speculation that there may be an Academy Award or two coming up for the film.
Since two other movies that have shown at TIFF, “Slumdog Millionaire” and “American Beauty,” nabbed this award (which is voted on by Festival audiences) before going on to win the best picture Oscar, it’s possible that “King’s Speech” could garner the same appeal with critics. Last year’s TIFF winner, “Precious,” was nominated for the best picture prize but lost out to “The Hurt Locker."
The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI as he attempts to move past his speech impediment of stuttering while trying to lead the country into battle during World War II.
But even if the TIFF audience award doesn’t turn into a spot in the best picture category, there’s also the chance that Firth could get the Academy’s attention for best actor, the Times suggests. The Daily Beast concurs this speculation, noting that Geoffrey Rush, who plays the King's speech therapist in the film, may also get a best supporting actor nod.
Meanwhile, the Cadillac People’s Choice Award for a Documentary went to “Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie." To view a full list of winners, head over to TIFF.net.
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