Colin Firth film wins Toronto award

September 20th, 2010

Colin Firth's 'The King's Speech' has won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival.

The movie - which sees Firth play Britain's King George VI alongside Geoffrey Rush as speech therapist Lional Logue and Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth - has gained high praise from the festival's director Piers Handling, who believed the three may gain Oscar nominations.

He said: "So many people were talking about that film during the festival."

Previous winners of the prize - which is voted for by film fans - include 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Precious', both of which won Academy Awards.

Tom Hooper, the film's director, said: "I am so proud that people responded to this film in a positive way."

Other films awarded with accolades at the close of the Canadian film festival include 'The First Grader' starring Naomie Harris and Tony Kgoroge and 'Beautiful Boy' with Michael Sheen.

'The King's Speech' is due to play at the London Film Festival in October ahead of its general release internationally between November and January.