Toronto Takes Bow For 'The King's Speech' Triumph

TIFF recalls Toronto fest-goers gave 'King's Speech' the top audience award before Sunday night's Oscar glory.

TORONTO – A preening Toronto International Film Festival is taking credit for lifting The King’s Speech to Oscar glory.

“They saw, and celebrated, The King’s Speech first," TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey said Monday after the Colin Firth-starrer took the top audience award at Toronto’s 35th edition last September, before earning the best motion picture prize at the Academy Awards Sunday night.

“Toronto audiences connect with strong films, and have once again proven to be the most informed and enthusiastic filmgoers in the world,” Bailey added.

Oscar-anointed films like The King’s Speech and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan were covered in Telluride or Venice before cementing their awards season status in Toronto this year.

In all, 38 Oscar-nominated movies screened in Toronto last September, including all five foreign language film contenders.