Tom Hooper‘s The King’s Speech winning the Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award tells you that festivalgoers, like the older Academy contingent, will go for the accessible emotion every time.
Speech is a tidy, traditional portrait of British royalty and a profound friendship between a king and a commoner. It’s a very fine film for what it is, appropriately framed in a conservative light and true to the era in which it unfolds. But it isn’t nearly as exciting or audacious as Darren Aronofsky‘s Black Swan — sorry.
The People’s Choice Award For Documentary winner was Sturla Gunnarsson‘s Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, which I never even heard about during the festival. The runner-up in this category was Patricio Guzman‘s Nostalgia For The Light — correct.