Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Toronto: “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Queen of Katwe” Win Audience Awards on Road to Oscars


The results are in from TIFF, and the Oscar season begins. Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” took first place, followed by runners up Garth Davis’s “Lion” and Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe” for the Grolsch Audience Awards.

There’s no question Toronto scored the largest number of potential awards films this year. They also showed “Birth of a Nation” and “Manchester By The Sea,” as well as films with potential acting nominations like “Loving,” “Jackie” and “Nocturnal Animals.”

There are still quite a few films no one’s seen for the Oscar race including Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” Ted Melfi’s “Hidden Figures,” and Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” as well asĀ “Fences” from Denzel Washington.

The action moves now to the New York Film Festival and even the Hamptons Film Festival, before heading to London and then to the AFI where Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply” is thrown in the ring.

But “La La Land” is clearly the front runner, much like “The Artist” a couple of years ago. It has the same vibe, and carries the same appeal to the Academy– it’s easy, it’s fun, it’s masterful, and it’s about movies.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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