Venice’s Golden Lion award winner Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland has won another prestigious honor, The Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award. This is the first film to win both the prestigious awards .
Nomadland , which has already been hailed as a top Oscar contender is set to be released on December 4. But winning the audience award at TIFF is promising for its Oscar chances as in the past also, every People’s Choice winner has secured a best picture nomination and a handful have gone on to win like Green Book, 12 years a slave , The King’s speech and the Slumdog Millionaire.
People’s Choice awards were received byMichelle Latimer’s documentary Inconvenient Indian and Roseanne Liang’s midnight madness selection Shadow in the Cloud, with Chloë Grace Moretz.
Joana Vicente, TIFF executive director, in a written statement, “The films and talent featured in this year’s Festival have left us inspired and moved. In a time where the very future of our beloved art form was in question due to cinema and production shutdowns and film festival cancellations, we have seen a tenacity of spirit.”
Cameron Bailey’s TIFF artistic director added, The Pandemic hit TIFF hard and we responded by going back to our original inspiration — to bring the very best in film to the broadest possible audience and transform the way people see the world through film.”