King’s Speech Wins Top Toronto Prize

September 20, 2010 by  
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firth300Colin Firth’s period drama The King’s Speech has scooped the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The regency piece which also stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter revolves around King George VI hiring a speech therapist to help overcome a stutter. Tom Hooper’s film held off competition from The First Grader to take home the People’s Choice award.

The award is viewed by many as an early indicator of Oscar success and Slumdog Millionaire and Precious have won the category in previous years.

Vampire film Stake Land and Sturla Gunnarsson’s documentary Force Of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie also picked up audience awards. Beautiful Boy, which sees Michael Sheen and Maria Bello play parents of a college student who goes on a killing spree, took home the ‘International Critics’ prize.

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