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'12 Years a Slave' takes People's Choice Award at TIFF

The dramatic true story of a man sold into slavery in 1841 has taken one of the top prizes at the Toronto International Film Festival.

12 Years a Slave, staring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sarah Paulson was awarded the People’s Choice Award on Sunday.

The film tells the story of Solomon Northup, played by Ejiofor, a free man sold into slavery and his journey to reunite with his family.

The award, which is sponsored by BlackBerry, comes with a $15,000 cash prize.

Stephen Frears’ Philomena was the first runner up.

Other award winners include Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver who took home the Best Canadian First Feature Film award for Asphalt Watches and Pawel Pawlikowski who won the International Critics (FIPRESCI) prize for his film Ida.

For a complete list of festival award winners click here.

For CityNews’ complete coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival, including red carpet interviews with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, click here.