TIFF: a foreshadow of Oscar success?

Sep 15, 2014 | Arts, Life

By Abdikarim Hashi
Benedict Cumberbatch at  TIFF 2014 (Photo by Harvey K via Flickr)

Benedict Cumberbatch greets fans during the red carpet event of ‘The Imitation Game’ at TIFF 2014 (Photo by Harvey K via Flickr)

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) wraps up with winners looking forward to Hollywood’s award season.

TIFF ended with a free screening of the Grolsch People’s Choice Award winner The Imitation Game, staring Benedict Cumberbatch.

“It’s a very fine movie, and it will probably win best picture,” said Peter Howell, a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA). “Benedict Cumberbatch could also win best actor.”

The historic thriller is based on the life of Alan Turing, who played a key role in cracking the Nazi-German Enigma code in WWII.

The film beat out Learning to Dive and St. Vincent, who respectively came second and third.

In past years, several of the TIFF People’s Choice Award have gone on to win big at the Oscars. Slumdog Millionaire (2008), 12 Years a Slave (2013), and The King’s Speech (2010) are three movies that went on to win Best Picture.

Other films, like Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and Precious (2009)were nominated, and won in other categories.

Howell said there aren’t many films that he thinks could win Best Picture this year; however, he does see many contenders for individuals. Reese Witherspoon in Wild and Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything are a couple of his picks.

The runners up  from TIFF have also been nominated for a Academy Awards in the past.

But the festival as a whole is a thrill for many Torontonians and Humber College students alike.

Humber Film and television student Jessica Fazari liked TIFF’s overall experience.

“It was really really good,” Fazari said regarding the premiere of the Ross Katz film Adult Beginners. “It was very well done and I enjoyed it.”

The first-year student also got to see many celebrities including Rose Byrne, Joel McHale and Nick Kroll when attending the Adult Beginners screening.

A total of 393 films were shown at this year’s festival with 149 of those being world premieres.