"12 Years a Slave" Nabs Top Honor at Toronto International Film Festival

After eleven days of film premieres, the Toronto International Film Festival is wrapping up, but not before handing out some awards on Sunday (September 15).

Taking top honors overall, winning the Peoples Choice Award, was 12 Years a Slave, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt.

Directed by Steve McQueen, the bio-drama is described as follows: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Past winners of the coveted award include Slumdog Millionaire, Silver Linings Playbook and The Kings Speech.

12 Years a Slave will arrive in theaters for a limited release beginning on October 18.