'The Imitation Game' Wins Toronto Film Festival People's Choice Award

The top TIFF prize — and Oscar bellwether — goes to the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring biopic of Alan Turning.

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Great news for Cumberbitches near and far: the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game — starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing — has just won the People's Choice Award at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

The People's Choice Award, voted by festival audiences, is the highest honor available at the largely non-competitive TIFF. The award is good news for the awards prospects of the film, given the recent track record of TIFF's People's Choice. Last year's winner was 12 Years a Slave, en route to its Best Picture Oscar triumph, and five of the past six winners have gone on to Best Picture nominations.

Even better news for Cumberbatch, those films have produced seven Best Actor nominees and three winners.

Year People's Choice Winner Oscar Nominations
1996 Shine 7 (won Best Actor)
1997 The Hanging Garden 0
1998 Life Is Beautiful 7 (won Best Actor)
1999 American Beauty 8 (won Best Actor)
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 10
2001 Amelie 5
2002 Whale Rider 1
2003 Zatoichi 0
2004 Hotel Rwanda 3 (Best Actor nom)
2005 Tsotsi 1
2006 Bella 0
2007 Eastern Promises 1 (Best Actor nom)
2008 Slumdog Millionaire 10
2009 Precious 6
2010 Inglourious Basterds 8
2011 Where Do We Go Now? 0
2012 Silver Linings Playbook

8 (Best Actor nom)

2013 12 Years a Slave

9 (Best Actor nom)

Runners-up for People's Choice were Isabel Coixet's Learning to Drive and Theodore Melfi's St. Vincent.

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