THANK you TIFF, for NOT giving Spotlight the award for Best Movie.

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We would like to thank TIFF for NOT giving “Spotlight” the Best Movie award (and other awards) during its 40th Toronto International Film Festival of 10 days of red carpet premieres. Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” starring Brie Larson as a young mother who will do anything to protect her five-year son (portrayed by 8-year-old) Jacob Tremblay, was the winner of the Grolsch People’s Choice award determined by audience voting. “Room”, adapted from Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel, is told from the perspective of a boy who was locked in a room with his mother for his entire life. “Room” is a small-scale drama compared to the heavy Hollywood A-listers Spotlight, (yet like David versus Goliath), it won Best Movie.

TIFF winners usually go to the forefront of Oscar conversation. TIFF can boast that six of the seven films that have won its People’s Choice prize have gone on to an Academy Award nomination for best picture. Three of those, “Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, 12 Years A Slave” actually won the Oscar top prize.

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