12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture at Toronto

Well, it's officially our frontrunner. Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave won the audience award for Best Picture at the Toronto International Film Festival today, solidifying its status as an Oscar heavyweight headed into the fall season. Slumdog Millionaire and The King's Speech were the most recent Best Picture winners to take the Audience Award at Toronto first. The film comes out October 18 and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man kidnapped into slavery in 1841. The runners up were Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Prisoners (out next Friday), with Hugh Jackman.

Trailer for 12 Years a Slave