And the TIFF '12 Awards Go To...
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And the TIFF ’12 Awards Go To…

Prizes just announced for this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Laurence Anyways, which won the award for best Canadian feature.

Hot off the TIFF press: this year’s award winners. Garnering some hardware:

  • Best Canadian Short: Deco Dawson for Keep a Modest Head. The jury described it as “a film that expands the boundaries of documentary, one that perfectly reflects its surreal subject.”
  • Best Canadian Feature: Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways. The jury said: “For its breathless cinematic energy and its entirely new love story, [we] felt honoured to watch such unfettered genius at play.”
  • Best Canadian First Feature: a tie between Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral (“for its ambitious commentary and visual sophistication”) and Jason Buxton’s Blackbird (“for its authenticity and clear-eyed social conscience”).
  • International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations: Francois Ozon’s Dans la maison, “for achieving an exquisitely crafted entertainment that blurs the distinction between the storyteller and the story told.”
  • International Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme: Mikael Marcimain’s Call Girl, in which “Marcimain deals with his sensitive subject with immense ease and craftsmanship.”
  • People’s Choice Award: to David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, “an intense, loving, emotional and funny family story from the director of The Fighter, David O. Russell, in which Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence find themselves partners in a secret arrangement to rebuild their broken lives.” First runner-up is Argo (Ben Affleck), and second runner-up is Zaytoun (Eran Riklis).
  • People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, which “follows a struggling screenwriter who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.”
  • People’s Choice Documentary Award: Bartholomew Cubbins for Artifact, for “telling harsh truths about the modern music business.”

As is customary, TIFF will hold a free screening of the People’s Choice winner. That screening takes place at 6 p.m. tonight, at the Ryerson Theatre. First-come, first served tickets will be available at the theatre starting at 4 p.m.