Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” Enters Oscar Conversation Following Major Win at TIFF

Steven Spielberg at the
Steven Spielberg at the "Ready Player One" film premiere in 2018. Photo by Stewart Cook/REX/Shutterstock (9478325aq)

We can count on Steven Spielberg to enter Oscar conversations with each new film he shares with the world, and he did it once again with The Fabelmans. This film established itself as a major Academy Awards contender after winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival.

The Fabelmans is inspired by Spielberg’s early years as an aspiring young filmmaker, and its cast includes Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams, and Paul Dano. It’s been met with rave reviews, and it’s expected to close the 2022 AFI Fest before heading to theatres in November.

The Fabelmans defeated Sarah Polley’s Women Talking and Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery to win TIFF’s People’s Choice Award. This victory significantly increased its Oscar chances because it’s often been seen as the starting gun of the Academy Awards race.

It’s safe to assume that The Fabelmans will at least be nominated for best picture following its triumph in Toronto. All the previous People’s Choice Award winners in the past ten years received nominations, but does this deeply personal film has a chance of winning it? It’s too early in the race to tell, but its chances are looking good, especially since two recent TIFF winners – Green Book and Nomadland – went on to win the best picture.