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A scene from Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, which won the BlackBerry People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Francois Duhamel / Fox Searchlight Films / AP Photo
A scene from Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, which won the BlackBerry People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Francois Duhamel / Fox Searchlight Films / AP Photo

Toronto film festival announces top winners

Also, Dilip Kumar hospitalised after suffering cardiac arrest; Arab film star Yusra joins Tropfest Arabia 2013; Bob Newhart finally receives an Emmy award.

Toronto film festival announces top winners

This year marked the 36th year that audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival were able to vote for their favourite film, with the BlackBerry People’s Choice Award. This year’s gong went to Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave, a drama that tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a black man from upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 and finally freed in 1853. The Fipresci Special Presentations award went to Ida, a monochrome 1960s period piece from the Polish-born, Paris-based director Pawel Pawlikowski. – The National staff

Dilip Kumar hospitalised after cardiac arrest

The 90-year-old actor Dilip Kumar was taken to hospital late on Sunday evening after he suffered cardiac arrest. Sources in Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit, said that the veteran actor is not on a ventilator and is conscious. Dilip Kumar was born Muhammad Yusuf Khan on December 11, 1922, in Peshawar (now in Pakistan) and his acting career has spanned six decades and more than 60 Bollywood films. He was the first to receive the Filmfare Best Actor award in 1954 and, with eight wins, shares with Shah Rukh Khan the record for the most number of Filmfare awards won in that category. – IANS

Egyptian film star Yusra joins Tropfest Arabia 2013

The Egyptian actress Yusra will be joining Tropfest Arabia as a co-director of the third annual edition of the short film festival. The event will take place on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche in November, in collaboration with twofour54. Yusra will work with the festival founder John Polson to select this year’s shortlist of finalists. The shortlisted films will be screened for the first time during the festival to a live audience. A jury of Arab filmmakers, actors, directors and producers will pick the winning film live on the night, followed by a music event. Yusra said: “The Tropfest Arabia festivals of 2011 and 2012 proved that the Arab world’s appetite for media, film and entertainment is growing more and more each day. Creativity in this region is flourishing and now is the time to get involved. I can’t wait to view the works of the young and talented filmmakers in our region.” – The National staff

Bob Newhart finally receives an Emmy award

Bob Newhart, one of television’s most enduring stars who has acted in shows stretching back more than five decades, wept as he finally won his first Emmy Award. Newhart, 84, was honoured at Sunday’s creative arts Emmy ceremony for his guest role last season on The Big Bang Theory as Professor Proton, a down-on-his-luck former host of a children’s science show. “This is my seventh shot at this. I just love this very much,” he said, gazing tearfully at the trophy in his hand as the audience gave him a standing ovation. Newhart’s television history includes the 1970s The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart in the 1980s and Bob in the 1990s and six previous nominations. Backstage, Newhart said at one point he’d given up submitting his name for Emmy consideration. “I just felt the kind of stuff I do doesn’t win awards. I didn’t want to go through the process, the disappointment,” he said. In addition to Newhart, other winners for guest turns included Melissa Leo for the sitcom Louie and, on the drama series side, Dan Bucatinsky for Scandal and Carrie Preston for The Good Wife. With eight statuettes, HBO’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra was the night’s top-winning individual programme at the ceremony honouring technical and other achievements. The movie will compete for seven more nominations at next Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards. – AP

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