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‘Nomadland’ Wins Audience Award at Toronto Film Festival

Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a low-key drama starring Frances McDormand as a lady who loses her home and travels across the Western United States in a van, has gained the People’s Choice Award on the 2020 Toronto International movie Festival, TIFF organizers introduced on Sunday.

The first runner-up for the award was “One Night in Miami,” the primary characteristic to be directed by actress Regina King. The second runner-up was “Beans,” a coming-of-age story from indigenous Canadian director Tracey Deer.

The People’s Choice Award within the documentary part went to Michelle Latimer’s “Inconvenient Indian,” whereas the Midnight Madness winner was Roseanne Liang’s “Shadow in the Cloud.”

Over the final eight years in a row, and 9 of the final 10 years and 12 of the final 13, the TIFF People’s Choice winner has gone on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In that stretch, it has gained thrice: “The King’s Speech” in 2010, “12 Years a Slave” in 2013 and “Green Book” in 2018. This yr’s competition was slimmed down considerably due to the coronavirus, with fewer huge awards contenders on show — however Searchlight’s “Nomadland” gained rave critiques and was the likeliest Oscar film on the competition, so the TIFF streak has an excellent likelihood of remaining intact.

The movie additionally gained the jury prize on the Venice International Film Festival, which started simply earlier than TIFF. It is the primary time these two awards have ever gone to the identical movie.

In different TIFF awards, the Changemaker Award went to “Black Bodies” by Kelly-Fyffe Marshall, the Amplify Voices Award for one of the best Canadian movie went to “Inconvenient Indian,” with a particular point out to “Fauna”; and the Amplify Voices Award for non-Canadian movies went to “The Disciple” and “Night of the Kings,” with a particular point out to “Downstream to Kinasha.”

Among brief movies, the IMDb Pro Award for finest brief movie went to “Dustin,” the award for finest Canadian brief went to “Benjamin, Benny, Ben” and the Share Her Journey Award for finest brief movie by a lady went to “Sing Me a Lullaby,” with a particular point out to “O Black Hole!”

Two impartial juries at TIFF, one from the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and one from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Pacific Cinema (NETPAC) additionally introduced prize winners. The FIPRESCI award went to the Georgian movie “Beginning,” whereas the NETPAC prize went to “Gaza mon amour.”

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