A Big Congrats to “La La Land” for Winning People’s Choice Award at TIFF 

Damien Chazelle’s brilliant musical “La La Land” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (she recently won Best Actress at Venice International Film Festival) took home the People’s Choice Award making it the one to beat this award season! Since 2008 (except for 2011’s “Where Do We Go Now?”), every single People’s Choice Award Winner has been nominated for Best Picture Oscar with films like “Room,” “The Imitation Game,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” and “Precious.” Some even won Best Picture like “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech,” and “12 Years a Slave.” But don’t go betting on the film yet. There were some movies that dominated TIFF but was ignored by the Academy such as the aforementioned “Where Do We Go Now?,” “Bella,” “Eastern Promises,” “Zatoichi,” and “The Hanging Garden.”

We shall see if “La La Land” will score big with Academy voters. For now, here’s the complete list of TIFF 2016 winners:

People’s Choice Award: “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
People’s Choice Award For Documentary: “I Am Not Your Negro,” Raoul Peck
People’s Choice Award For Midnight Madness: “Free Fire,” Ben Wheatley
Platform Prize: “Jackie,” Pablo Larrian
Platform Prize, Special Mention: “Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait,” Khyentse Norbu
Best Canadian Feature Film: “Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves,” Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie
Best Canadian First Feature Film: “Old Stone,” Johnny Ma
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations Section: “I Am Not Madame Bovary,” Feng Xiaogang
Prizes of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Discovery Section: “Kati Kati,” Mbithi Masya
Dropbox Discovery Programme Filmmakers Award: “Jeffrey,” Yanillys Perez
NETPAC Award For World or International Asian Film Premiere: “In Between,” Maysaloun Hamoud
Best Short Film: “Imago,” Ribay Gutierrez
Best Canadian Short Film: “Mutants,” Alexandre Dostie

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