Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Belfast’ takes top prize at Toronto Film Festival, enters best picture Oscars race

And just like that, we have our first major contender for the best picture Academy Award.

On Saturday night, Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical crowd-pleaser “Belfast” took home the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, which follows a boy (Jude Hill) and his family in tumultuous 1960s Ireland, boasts 89% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and features an all-star cast led by Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds and “Outlander” breakout Caitriona Balfe.