By Cody Dericks
As per their Twitter, the Toronto International Film Festival has announced that the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the 2020 festival is Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland.” The first runner-up is Regina King’s “One Night in Miami” and the second runner-up is Tracey Deer’s “Beans.” This marks the first time that all three films recognized by the People’s Choice Award come from female directors since the festival began announcing the award’s runners-up.
This prize is often seen as an indicator of future awards success. Eleven of the past twelve films awarded went on to receive Best Picture nominations from the Academy Awards.
Additionally, the People’s Choice Documentary Award went to Michelle Latimer’s “Inconvenient Indian” and the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award went to Roseanne Liang’s “Shadow in the Cloud.” Notably, all five People’s Choice-winning films were directed by women.
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