The King’s Speech’ Takes Top Prize at Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award, a prize that has sometimes served as a bellwether for future success at the Academy Awards, was given on Sunday to“The King’s Speech,” a feature directed by Tom Hooper,Reuters reported. The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI ofBritain, who overcame a nervous stammer to deliver a crucial address on the eve of that country’s entrance into World War II, and will be released in the United States by the Weinstein Company later this year. Previous winners of the award, which comes with a prize of about $30,000, have included “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Crash” and “American Beauty,” all winners of the Oscar for best picture; last year’s winner, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire,” was a best picture nominee.

The People’s Choice award for a documentary went to “Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie,” a feature by Sturla Gunnarsson about that Canadian environmentalist. Among the films that were acquired for distribution at the end of Toronto festival, Variety reported (subscription required) wereWerner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” a 3-D film about the paintings in the Chauvet Cave of southern France.

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