The Fabelmans: Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiography wins audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival

Iconic director Steven Spielberg has given the cinema a wide range of stories, from his famous fantastical sci-fi adventures to intimate character dramas and historical pieces. The maestro’s latest venture is semi-autobiographical The Fabelman family. After having its world premiere at TIFF (read our review), the film has just received the prestigious People’s Choice Audience Award, which is widely considered to be the festival’s greatest honor.

According to The Hollywood Reporterthis is Spielberg’s first film to debut at the festival, and it was a special film, as the filmmaker explains.

Spielberg had this to say after his win,

This is the most personal film I’ve ever made, and the warm reception from everyone in Toronto made my first visit to TIFF so intimate and personal for me and my entire Fableman family.”

Two films would win the first runner-up award. The anticipated sequel to Knives out from Rian Johnson, Glass onion: A Knives Out Mysteryand the movie, Women speak, from Sarah Polley. Previous Audience Award winners had gone on to win Oscars and even received the award for Best Picture, such as 12 Years a Slave, La La Land, Nomandland, and Room.

The Midnight Madness award goes to the other semi-autobiographical film, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. This was the only award that was infamously cancelled The People’s Joker would have been entitled to until Warner Bros pulled the film for copyright infringement.

These awards, as the name suggests, are voted on by festival attendees. Each viewer could not vote more than once online, as each vote is linked to an email address and tracked by their purchased ticket. Other winners include; Black ice cream by Hubert Davis, winner for Best Documentary, Riceboy is sleeping from the director, Anthony Shim, going home Platform Awardand A Gaza weekend from Basil Khalil had won FIPRESCI prize.

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