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Will A TIFF Film Cross The Hurdle Of Best Film Oscar Yet Again?

Abhishek Srivastava - 54 weeks ago

Ditching tradition, the audience award and juried competition winners of TIFF this year will be announced via social media but tradition apart, the importance of Toronto International Film Festival over the years has only registered an upswing. This is primarily because of the selection of films which turned out to be clear cut winners at the Oscar. 

If one were to take into account films that were screened at TIFF post 2010, it has resulted in five films hitting the bull’s eye of best picture winner at the Oscar. While three turned out to be nominee for best film category. 2011 remains the only year when TIFF’s juggernaut came to a halt but Asghar Farhadi’s somehow managed to salvage the reputation of the film festival when A Separation won the best foreign language Oscar. Now all eyes are again towards the starry smorgasbord which features films by Tom harper (The Aeronauts), James Mangold (Ford V Ferrari), Todd Phillips (Joker), Marjane Satrapi (Radioactive) and Michael Winterbottom (Greed). TFHY takes a look at the breakout films from TIFF post 2010 which had a smooth run at the Academy Awards. 

(Viggo Mortensen, Peter Farrelly, and Mahershala Ali in a behind the scene still from Green Book)


Green Book was the winner of People’s Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival last year. Peter Farrelly’s film though was expected to be part of Oscar’s slate of Best Films for 2018 but was never considered as a front runner for the best film of that year. Eventually, it took home three Oscars in 2018. 

(Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Caleb Landry Jones in a behind the scene still from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was awarded the People’s Choice Award in 2017 and at the Oscars took home two awards after it was nominated in seven categories. 

(Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle in a behind the scene still from La La Land)  

LA LA LAND (2016)

La La Land could enjoy the tag of best film of 2016 but only for a minute after producer Jordan Horowitz ensured that the goof up committed by Warren Beatty was rectified. Though Moonlight was the eventual winner but a haul of six Oscars provided some solace to the film. 

(Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo in a behind the scene still from Spotlight)


Spotlight was an aberration as it could not win the People’s Choice Award at TIFF but the merit of the film ensured that all was well at the Oscars. The film had such a strong impact at audiences that some even compared it to Alan Pakula’s All the President’s Men

(Director Morten Tyldum explaning a scene to Benedict Cumberbatch on the set of The Imitation Game)


2014 was a bad year for films screened at TIFF, at the Oscar. Martin Tydlum’s The Imitation Game was the only film which could leave an impression at the 2014 Academy Awards. Just one Oscar for The Imitation Game say it all. 

(Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen in a behind the scene still from 12 Years a Slave)

12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013)

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave was the toast of TIFF in the year 2013. At the Oscars, the film was nominated in nine categories and took home three awards. 

(A behind the scene still from Argo featuring Ben Affleck and John Goodman)

ARGO (2012)

Despite winning accolades at other film festivals, Argo could not lay its hands upon People’s Choice Award at TIFF but Ben Affleck’s CIA drama based out of Iran crossed the Best Film hurdle at the Oscar in 2012. Similar to Green Book, Argo proved to be a dark horse at the Academy Awards. 

(Mahmoud Kalari and Asghar Farhadi in a behind the scene still from A Seperation)


2011 again was a bad year for films screened at TIFF at the Oscar. A Separation somehow salvaged the reputation of TIFF when it won the best foreign language film Oscar in 2011. 

(Colin Firth in a still from The King's Speech)


The people’s Choice winner of 2010 was nominated in 12 categories at the Oscar. It took home four awards including best director and best actor.


Toronto International Film Festival / TIFF / Academy Award / Oscar / Green Book / Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri / La La Land / Spotlight / The Imitation Game / 12 Years a Slave / Argo / A Separation / The KIng's Speech

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