The Master Chosen As Best Picture By Toronto Film Critics Association

Film also wins Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

A new flick starring Philip Seymour Hoffman called The Master has been awarded Best Picture as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay by the Toronto Film Critics Association.

The movie, which follows a former Navy vet as he becomes engulfed in a cult-like religious movement and its leader (claimed to be modeled after Scientology), is nominated for a Golden Globe, and rumour has it that it will be a major Oscar contender as well. However, it's already garnering awards, with the San Francisco Film Critics Circle giving it the "best of" title this past weekend. It has also won a Silver Lion in Venice. The Master co-stars Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.

According to the CP, the Toronto prize will be presented at a gala dinner on January 8th when the association will also announce the Rogers best Canadian film award, which carries a $100,000 purse.

Other Toronto Film Critics Association accolades went to the movie Amour, which won second place behind The Master, Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley won for Best Documentary, and Rachel Weisz was named Best Actress.

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