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‘American Fiction’ Wins Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award – Oscar Harbinger?

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The People’s Choice Award from the just-wrapped 2023 Toronto Film Festival has gone to American Fiction . First Runner Up is Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers.

Second Runner Up was Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy And The Heron . The Documentary Award went to Mr. Dressup: The Magic Of Make-Believe, ,and the Midnight Madness winner was Dicks: The Musical.

Orion and MRC’s American Fiction stars Jeffrey Wright and comes from writer/director Cord Jefferson. It is a scathing satire on the publishing industry and its treatment of serious works by Black writers, one whose name is Thelonious “Monk” Ellison who with the made-up name Sinatra Golden decides to give them a stereotyped book “We’s Lives In Da Ghetto” as a protest but is horrified when it becomes a best seller.

It is scheduled to be released in theatres in November. Toronto Film Festival 2022 Photo Gallery Voted online by audience members since 1978 and often considered a harbinger for the Best Picture Oscar, the TIFF People’s Choice Award has been won by such eventual Best Picture Academy Award winners as Nomadland, Green Book, 12 Years a Slave, The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millinaire, American Beauty and Chariots of Fire.

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