Blindspot 2015: 40 Years of TIFF: Where Do We Go Now?

Now it is time for my final entry in this yearlong celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival. It has become the general assumption that winning the TIFF People’s Choice Award automatically means that the film is destined for at least an Oscar nomination. This was not the case for the […]

Blindspot 2015: 40 Years of TIFF: Precious

It is time for the penultimate edition of this yearlong celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival. This month, I will be looking at Lee Daniels’ Precious (Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire), which won the TIFF People’s Choice Award in 2009 and went on to be nominated for six Academy […]

Blindspot 2015: 40 Years of TIFF: Brain Damage

With it being October, I decided that I would take a break from watching winner’s of the TIFF People’s Choice Award and watch the film from the popular Midnight Madness programme. Specifically, I decided to watch a film from the very first Midnight Madness in 1988, which would the horror-comedy Brain Damage. A young man named […]

Blindspot 2015: 40 Years of TIFF: Hotel Rwanda

The People’s Choice Award for the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival went to Terry George’s drama Hotel Rwanda. The film went on to be nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Don Cheadle, Best Supporting Actress for Sophie Okonedo, and Best Original Screenplay. Taking place under the backdrop of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Hotel […]

Blindspot 2015: 40 Years of TIFF: Whale Rider

The 2002 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival saw the world premiere of the New Zealand-set drama Whale Rider. The film went on to win the People’s Choice Award that year and it resulted in 13 year old star Keisha Castle-Hughes to become the then-youngest person to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Whale […]

Blindspot 2015: 40 Years of TIFF: Strictly Ballroom

I was the benefit of some good timing for this month’s blindspot selection, which is Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 debut film Strictly Ballroom, which won the People’s Choice award that year at TIFF. Last night, TIFF officially began their 40th anniversary celebrations with the start of their annual TIFF in the Park outdoor screening series.  Strictly Ballroom was chosen […]

Blindspot 2015: 40 Years of TIFF: Roger & Me

In the 40 year history of the Toronto International Film Festival, there have been only two documentaries that ended up winning the Festival’s People’s Choice Award.  The first of these was the 1979 Academy Award nominated doc Best Boy.  The second was Michael Moore’s 1989 debut Roger & Me, which was also at the time […]

Blindspot 2015: 40 Years of TIFF: The Decline of the American Empire

The opening film of the 1986 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival was Denys Arcand’s The Decline of the American Empire, which has the distinction of being the final film to screen at Toronto’s historical University Theatre in Yorkville.  The film went on to win that year’s People’s Choice award, as well as receiving […]

Blindspot 2015: 40 Years of TIFF: The Big Chill

At the 1983 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, writer/director Lawrence Kasdan’s sophomore film The Big Chill was chosen to open the festival.  The film went on to win that year’s People’s Choice Award and also received three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.  The film now has the reputation of being one of the […]

Blindspot 2015: 40 Years of TIFF: Chariots of Fire

In 1981 a British historical drama named Chariots of Fire won the People’s Choice award at the Festival of Festivals.  The film would then go on to win four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  This marks the beginning of the People’s Choice Award’s association with Oscar glory, with many of the winners of this award […]