Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans Wins People’s Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival
Steven Spielberg’s celebrated, semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans won the prestigious People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2022. After two weeks of film screenings, the festival came to a close on Sunday. All eyes were on the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Awards Breakfast, where Spielberg’s crowd-puller film won the laurels.
In a statement following the win, Spielberg said, “As I said on stage the other night, above all I’m glad I brought this film to Toronto. This is the most personal film I’ve made and the warm reception from everyone in Toronto made my first visit to TIFF so intimate and personal for me and my entire Fabelman family.”
Voted by the audience, People’s Choice Award is considered the bell-weather for Oscars. In the past, several winners have gone on to bag an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. While the likes of La La Land, Belfast, JoJo Rabbit, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, could not bring home the Oscar, some like Green Book, Nomadland, The King’s Speech, 12 Years a Slave and Slumdog Millionaire, scripted history. Needless to say, with Spielberg’s The Fabelmans winning the People’s Choice award, the Oscar race has started to heat up.
Here is the complete list of People’s Choice Awards winners at TIFF 2022.
TIFF People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award
Winner: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, directed by Eric Appel
First runner-up: Pearl, directed by Ti West
Second runner-up: The Blackening, directed by Tim Story
TIFF People’s Choice Documentary Award
Winner: Black Ice, directed by Hubert Davis
First runner-up: Maya and the Wave, directed by Stephanie Johnes
Second runner-up: 752 Is Not a Number, directed by Babak Payami
TIFF People’s Choice Award
Winner: The Fabelmans, directed by Steven Spielberg
First runner-up: Women Talking, directed by Sarah Polley
Second runner-up: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, directed by Rian Johnson