Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Spielberg Film “The Fabelmans” Wins Toronto’s People’s Choice Award, First Step Towards Oscars


Steven Spielberg never had a film in competition at a festival until he put “The Fabelmans” in at Toronto.

This morning “The Fabelmans” won the People’s Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival, setting it on its way to the Oscars. The award is a bellwether for the Oscars, with movies like “Belfast,” “Nomadland,” “Three Billboards,” and “Green Book” among recent winners.

Spielberg has to be pleased. The autobiographical story was the highlight of the festival. “The Fabelmans” begins a limited run November 11th, with a bigger rollout Thanksgiving weekend.

“The Fabelmans” stars Michelle Williams in what should be her Oscar win, Judd Hirsch in a dynamic supporting role, also Oscar bound, plus the excellent Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, and breakout star Gabriel Labelle.

The first runner-up was “Women Talking,” directed by Sarah Polley, with an all star cast of actresses including Frances McDormand. The second runner-up was Glass Onion, the sequel to “Knives Out,” directed by Rian Johnson, starring Daniel Craig.

Winner of Best Documentary, by the way, went to “Black Ice,” which I told you last week is the subject of a major lawsuit.

Roger Friedman
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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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