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Toronto Film Critics awards gala goes on, online

Director Chloe Zhao (left) and actress Frances McDormand filming Nomadland.
Director Chloe Zhao (left) and actress Frances McDormand filming Nomadland.

The annual awards gala of the Toronto Film Critics Association is a boozy, swanky affair, taking place last year at the King Edward Hotel and for several others at the city’s Carlu event space. This year it has like so much else gone online, but the upside is that anyone can partake.

The show kicks off at 8 p.m. ET at As is customary, most of the winners are already known, and include Nomadland for best picture, director (Chloe Zhao) and actress (Frances McDormand). But viewers will be able to watch acceptance speeches from many of the winners, and can also follow the live reveal of the recipient of the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. Nominees are And the Birds Rained Down by Louise Archambault, Anne at 13,000 Ft. by Kazik Radwanski, and White Lie by Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas. Runners-up will each receive $5,000.

The virtual gala will be co-hosted by Elaine “Lainey” Lui, co-host of CTV’s The Social , and Kathleen Newman-Bremang, a culture commentator, writer and producer. Various Toronto critics – including yours truly – have pre-recorded introductions to the winners.

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