news//TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL NAMES 'THE IMITATION GAME' THE BEST PICTURE

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While it's not the first film festival of the year, or even the Oscar season, the Toronto International Film Festival is historically known as one of the best indicators of how the award season will shape up. The most prestigious prize from the fest is the People's Choice Award, the fest's version of a Best Picture. Festival goers "vote" by inserting their ticket stub into a box as they exit a film they liked or by voting online. In the years since TIFF began over 100 Oscar nominations have resulted from films honored at the end of the fest. Five of those have gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, including last year's winner of both 12 Years a Slave. Other winners of both include American Beauty, Chariots of Fire, and The King's Speech.

This year the honor was bestowed upon Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. The WWII-era film follows Alan Turing (Cumberbatch), the British code-breaker who helped put an end to the war. The Weinstein Company will distribute the film in November. The film held its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival just before hitting Toronto.

Here's a look at the rest of the fest's winners:

People's Choice Award: The Imitation Game
People's Choice Award, First Runner-up: Learning to Drive
People's Choice Award, Second Runner-up: St. Vincent
People's Choice Documentary Award: Beats of the Antonov
People's Choice Midnight Madness Award: What Do We Do in the Shadows
People's Choice Midnight Madness Award, First Runner-up: Tusk
NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere: Margarita, with a Straw
FIPRESCI Jury Prize for Best Special Presentation Film: Time Out of Mind
FIPRESCI Critics Prize: May Allah Bless France!
Best Canadian Feature: Felix and Meria
Best Canadian First Feature: Bang Bang Baby
Best International Short Film: A Single Body
Best Canadian Short Film: The Weatherman and the Shadow Boxer

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