Toronto Awards: Audience Applauds The King's Speech, Jury of Critics Admires Beautiful Boy

kings-speech-firth-helena-body.jpgLike the Academy, Toronto audiences just can't resist a well-done, historical dramedy. Or maybe they just love Colin Firth. Regardless, Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, in which Firth plays the stuttering King George IV, took the Audience Award at this year's festival. The diverse jury of international critics ventured into darker territory, awarding Shawn Ku's school-shooting-aftermath drama Beautiful Boy the prize for the Discovery Program. Also, a surprising number of unofficial consolation prizes were dealt out in the form of distribution deals. Congratulations to the all of the festival winners, which are listed after the jump.

Cadillac People's Choice Award:

The King's Speech

directed by Tom Hooper

Runner-Up: The First Grader

directed by Justin Chadwick

Cadillac People's Choice Award For Documentary:

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie

directed by Sturla Gunnarsson

Runner-Up: Nostalgia For The Light

directed by Patricio Guzmán

Cadillac People's Choice Award For Midnight Madness:

Stake Land

directed by Jim Mickle

Runner-Up: Fubar II

directed by Michael Dowse

Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations Section:

L'Amour Fou

directed by Pierre Thoretton

Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Discovery Section:

Beautiful Boy

directed by Shawn Ku

City of Toronto and Astral Media's The Movie Network Award Award For Best Canadian Feature Film:


directed by Denis Villeneuve

SKYY Vodka Award For Best Canadian First Feature Film:

The High Cost of Living

directed by Deborah Chow

Award For Best Canadian Short Film:

Les fleurs de l'âge (Little Flowers)

directed by Vincent Biron