From TIFF to Oscars: How the Audience Award Translates to Best Picture

The Toronto International Film Festival’s Grolsch People’s Choice Award is one of the first indicators for a film heading towards the Dolby Theatre during an awards season.

On Sunday, “Nomadland” from Chloé Zhao won the TIFF audience award, joining a list of epic pictures that have gone on to Oscar attention.The Searchlight Pictures film stars Frances McDormand as a woman who sets off on the road to live as a modern-day nomad, and it has received near-universal acclaim.

One of the brightest spots of TIFF and Venice, the film has emerged as one of the frontrunners for next year’s Academy Awards, which are still seven months away.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences extended their eligibility calendar to Feb.

28, 2021, and moved the ceremony to April 25, 2021.This marks Searchlight’s second win in a row following last year’s “Jojo Rabbit,

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