The Oscar race just got a new Steven Spielberg best picture nominee. Fablemans.
Designed as a semi-autobiographical account of his early years as a budding filmmaker, Fablemans won the TIFF People’s Choice Award on Sunday at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, taking home a prize that 10 eventual Best Picture winners or nominees — including Nomadland, The Green BookAnd 12 years a slave – In the last 10 years.
Mary Weismiller Wallace/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment Paul Dano and Michelle Williams in Steven Spielberg’s The Fablemen.
of Daniel Radcliffe Weird: The Al Yankovic Story — directed by Eric Apple and starring Evan Rachel Wood and Quinta Brunson — joined Fablemans Among the TIFF Award winners, taking home the TIFF People’s Choice Award in the Midnight Madness section.
Both films took off with huge buzz outside the annual festival, giving momentum to other potential Oscar contenders like Brendan Fraser. the whalesam mendes’ Empire of Lightof Sarah Polley Women talk (which finished as People’s Choice Award runner-up), Daniel Craig’s Glass onion: mystery out of a knifeAnd Squid game Star Lee Jung-jae’s directorial debut hunting.
Ari + Louise Evan Rachel Wood, Eric Apple, and Daniel Radcliffe of ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’.
In the press statement released after the film’s victory, Dr. Spielberg Fablemans “The most personal film” he has ever made, and praised the “warm reception from everyone in Toronto” that the project received.
Speaking on FablemansScreening the world premiere at TIFF with cast members Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Judd Hirsch and Paul Dano, Spielberg told the audience that making the film almost served as a therapy session as he worked through his upbringing.
“I thought, if I was going to leave something behind, what did I need to resolve and uncover about my mom, my dad and my sisters?” He said, later adding: “This film, for me, is a way to bring back my mum and dad. And it also brought my sisters, Anne, Susie and Nancy, closer to me than I ever thought possible and It’s worth making a C movie.”
In an interview with PEOPLE and EW in the TIFF studio, Radcliffe said he learned to play the accordion for Weird, and may continue to do so.
“I’m not good at the accordion, but I’ve come so far with it that I’ve started anything from it that it seems silly to stop playing altogether,” he said. “I think I’ll just keep at it slowly over the years, and maybe one day I’ll be able to play a song with both hands at the same time.”
Universal will release Fablemans While on November 11 Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Debuts November 4 on The Roku Channel. Check out PEOPLE and EW’s interview with the cast and director of strange Above at TIFF.
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