TORONTO 2010: THE KING’S SPEECH TAKES THE AUDIENCE AWARD


FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS

THE KING’S SPEECH has been crowned the fan favourite at THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, winning not only a $15,000 prize but a significant boost in the upcoming OSCAR race.

Starring COLIN FIRTH as a stammering King George VI, the film traces the royal’s relationship with an Australian speech therapist, played by GEOFFREY RUSH, as he leads a nation to war.

The honour is often seen as a precursor to ACADEMY AWARDS attention, with previous audience pleasers including PRECIOUS and EASTERN PROMISES.

The awards were handed out at a brunch on the final day of the 11 day festival, which featured a parade of Hollywood heavyweights including directors WOODY ALLEN and ROBERT REDFORD.

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