Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, the personal tale of his growing up years and his inspirations as a young filmmaker, has won the 2022 TIFF People’s Choice Award as the best film at the Toronto International Film Festival as voted on by the festival’s audience.
The win gives the film a massive boost in the Oscar race, where it had already been a bit of an early frontrunner. The track record for the TIFF People’s Choice Award winner and a Best Picture nomination is a strong one; every film since 2008 save one (Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now?) has been nominated and five have won (2008’s Slumdog Millionaire, 2012’s The King’s Speech, 2013’s 12 Years a Slave, 2108’s Green Book and 2020’s Nomadland). The world premiere marked Spielberg’s first ever appearance at the festival.
Steven Spielberg’s track record with the Academy Awards is one of the most prolific with eight Best Director nominations and two wins (1993’s Schindler’s List, 1998’s Saving Private Ryan) and a win for Best Picture (Schindler’s List) among his dozens of nominations. He was most recently nominated just last year for Best Picture and Best Director for his adaptation of West Side Story. The Fabelmans tells the semi-autobiographical story of Spielberg’s upbringing with his computer science, business-oriented father (played by Paul Dano) and irrepressible mother (played by four-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, a bonafide Supporting Actress frontrunner). The film also stars newcomer Gabriel LaBelle and Academy Award nominee Judd Hirsch. It’s set for theatrical release by Universal Pictures this November.
Sarah Polley’s Women Talking was the first runner-up. The Canadian-born and Oscar-nominated Polley returned to with her third feature film and first in 12 years. Adapted from the novel by Miriam Toews, the film centers on a group of women in a Mennonite-like religious community in 2010 who suffers grave injustices and must decide to stay and fight or flee to safety. It stars Oscar nominees Rooney Mara and Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy, Judith Ivey and producer and four-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand. It made its debut at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this month and will be released theatrically by United Artists and Orion Pictures this fall.
Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, was the second runner-up. A TIFF world premiere, the continuation of the Benoit Blanc detective mysteries starring Daniel Craig, features an entirely new cast and new murder on the remote island getaway of a tech multi-billionaire. The film stars Janelle Monáe, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Jessica Henwick, Kathryn Hahn and Ethan Hawke. It is set for a release in select theaters this November and then streaming on Netflix December 23.
“2022 brought an exceptional selection of films that excited festival audiences around the world,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF CEO. “Our lineup showcased beloved auteurs alongside fresh voices in filmmaking, including numerous women powerhouses. TIFF welcomed guests, press, industry, international stars, and directors back to the city and into cinemas. The sweeping range in cinematic storytelling from around the world is a testament to the uniqueness of the films that are being made. We’re so grateful and proud of this year’s Festival.”
Here is the full list of TIFF 2022 winners:
TIFF 2022 People’s Choice Documentary Award: Hubert Davis’s Black Ice
First Runner-up: Stephanie Johnes’s Maya and the Wave
Second Runner-up: Babak Payami’s 752 Is Not A Number
TIFF 2022 People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: Eric Appel’s Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
First Runner-up: Ti West’s Pearl
Second Runner-up: Tim Story’s The Blackening
|The winner of the 2022 Platform Prize is Anthony Shim’s Riceboy Sleeps.|
The Platform Prize honours films with high artistic merit and strong directorial vision. The winning filmmaker will receive a $20,000 cash prize. The jury members for 2022 were Patricia Rozema (Jury President), Iram Haq, and Chaitanya Tamhane.
|MDbPro Short Cuts Awards|
|IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Film: Lkhagvadulam (Dulmaa) Purev-Ochir’s Snow In September|
IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Film: Aziz Zoromba’s Simo
IMDbPro Short Cuts Share Her Journey Award: Carol Nguyen’s Nanitic
IMDbPro will provide each winner with a bursary of $10,000 and a one-year membership to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals.
|Amplify Voices Awards presented by Canada Goose|
|Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Nisha Pahuja’s To Kill A Tiger|
Special Mention: Stéphanie Lafleur’s Viking
Amplify Voices Award: Martika Ramirez Escobar’s Leonor Will Never Die
Amplify Voices Award: Vinay Shukla’s While We Watched
Special Mention for Best Feature from an Emerging BIPOC Filmmaker:Madison Thomas’s Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On
Canada Goose presents the Amplify Voices Awards to the three best Festival feature films by under-represented filmmakers. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, made possible by Canada Goose.
|Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award|
|The 2022 Changemaker Award winner is Luis De Filippis’s Something You Said Last Night.|
Presented by the Shawn Mendes Foundation, this award honours a Festival film that tackles issues of social change, and is selected by TIFF’s Next Wave Committee. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize.
|FIPRESCI and NETPAC|
|International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize:|
Basil Khalil’s A Gaza Weekend
Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema (NETPAC) Award:
Jub Clerc’s Sweet As