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The King's Speech Wins TIFF Audience Award

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 19, 2010 at 6:14AM

News that will make Harvey Weinstein's day is that not only did Tom Hooper's The King's Speech leapfrog to Oscar-casters' front-runner lists after its warm media reception at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it won the coveted People's Choice award as well. That's a remarkable feat.
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Thompson on Hollywood

News that will make Harvey Weinstein's day is that not only did Tom Hooper's The King's Speech leapfrog to Oscar-casters' front-runner lists after its warm media reception at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it won the coveted People's Choice award as well. That's a remarkable feat.

Colin Firth, who did not win the Oscar for A Single Man this year, is now the one to beat for his role as stutterer King George VI in The King's Speech. And Geoffrey Rush, as the speech/psycho-therapist who cures him, is leading the supporting actor fray as well.

IndieWIRE reports on TIFF awards here.

This article is related to: Awards, Festivals, Genres, Independents, Toronto, Biopics, Weinsteins


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.