Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game took the Toronto International Film Festival’s audience award earlier this week. The film won over runners-up Isabel Coixet’s Learning to Drive and Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent; people had pegged James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything as a contender, too.
Gold Derby reports that 25 of the last 36 films to win this award went on to best picture nominations, while five have won the top prize – as if the WWII drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley needed a boost. Further, these winners produced 29 acting nominations and, from them, nine wins. Relevant fun fact: no TIFF winner (yet) has produced more than one acting winner. Can Imitation break that mold?
Remember, I’m only predicting films set for U.S. distribution for nominations, but my overall lists still include films that might lack U.S. distribution at the moment. And in the name of shameless self-promo, you can check out more detailed Oscar musings over at my blog, Awards and Such. Keep in mind that my predictions there and on Screen Invasion might differ, given that I will update both at different times – I’ll update my Screen Invasion picks once a week; I’ll most likely update my blog picks at different intervals.