ByPaul Aguirre-Livingston, writer at
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Paul Aguirre-Livingston

As the Toronto International Film Festival closes out its biggest season yet, the top audience prize went to relative newcomer 's historical epic, 12 Years A Slave. Based on the 1853 autobiography of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, the film stars (who also starred in McQueen's wildly successful Shame in 2011) and actor-of-the-moment . The graphic and gut-wrenching Slave is McQueen's third feature - and the buzz is palpable with stellar reviews coming from all ends.

TIFF has a good track record of predicting Oscar greats, especially with these sorts of heavy-hitting flicks. Previous winners of the People's Choice award, like Silver Linings Playbook, The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire all went on to mainstream glory and took home major accolades. With and rounding out the cast, there's high hopes for this one.

Check out the trailer below:


Thoughts? Does it look like an Oscar winner? If not, which movie do you think will take home the coveted Best Picture award at the Academy Awards? Let's hear it.


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