The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival ends today, and TIFF has announced this year’s Audience Award winner. Audience members vote by dropping their ticket into a ballot box after a screening if they like a film, and this year they really liked Morten Tyldum’s drama, The Imitation Game. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing and focuses on his efforts to break the Germans’ code during World War II. I saw the movie and quite enjoyed it, and while it wasn’t my favorite at the festival (that would be While We’re Young), I can understand why audiences went for it. Click here for my review.
I’ll leave the official Oscar prognosticating to Adam and his Oscar Beat column, but I will say this: five of the last six TIFF Audience Award winners have gone on to be nominated for Best Picture; three of them won (Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, and 12 Years a Slave). Hit the jump for the press release, which includes the runners up as well as the Audience Award winners for Midnight Madness and Documentary.