Kenneth Branagh, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto (Chris Young / The Canadian Press via AP)

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September 19, 2021 'Belast', Kenneth Branagh's black and white tribute to the city, wins the coveted first prize of the Toronto Festival and looks to the Oscar. Voted by the public, the People's Choice Award of the largest exhibition in North America has over time become an increasingly accurate indication for the Academy awards, as happened last year with 'Nomadland'. 

Branagh said in a video message during the Toronto International Film Festival ceremony. "I am thrilled and honored with this award". The films of the 60-year-old British actor and director range from Shakespeare to superhero Thor.

'Belfast', which will hit theaters in November, focuses on the outbreak of violence in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s in the perception of 9-year-old Buddy. At that same age, Branagh and his family moved to England to avoid the escalation of violence that swept through and divided the Irish community for three decades.

The film, which combines humor and emotion, stars Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Caitriona Balfe and Ciaran Hinds. Branagh has had 5 Oscar nominations in the past, although he never won.