Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ converts the TIFF People’s Choice Award

No movie has ever won both.

TIFF developers declared the winners Sunday. Zhao’s movie features Frances McDormand as a widowed wanderer of the contemporary American West. Set to get a Dec. 4 launch, “Nomadland” has been hailed as a leading Oscar competition, but winning the audience award at TIFF is promising because of the Oscar chances. In the last ten years, each People’s Choice winner has procured a best film nomination plus a few have gone on to win, such as”Green Book,” 12 Years a Slave,” The King’s Speech” and”Slumdog Millionaire.”

Other People’s Choice winners comprise Michelle Latimer’s documentary”Inconvenient Indian,” about Native peoples in North America, also Roseanne Liang’s midnight insanity choice”Shadow from the Cloud,” together with Chloë Grace Moretz.

TIFF’s slimmed-down 45th version wrapped up Saturday.

“The movies and gift featured in this year’s Festival have left us moved and motivated,” said Joana Vicente, TIFF executive director, in a written announcement. “At a time in which the future of the beloved art form was in question because of production and cinema shutdowns and movie festival cancellations, we’ve noticed a tenacity of spirit.”

TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey added: “The pandemic struck TIFF challenging and we reacted by going back to ou