When Oprah Winfrey led a parade of A-listers on the red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival recently, comparisons to the Beatles on 'Ed Sullivan' quickly came to mind. The reaction from onlookers was rapturous.

There to promote 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire,' Winfrey appeared genuinely touched by the rabid Canadian reception, clutching her hand to her heart in thanks. But the real love at the festival was saved for the movie, which took home the People's Choice Award.

No small sign there. Last year's winner of the same award was the eventual Oscar magnet 'Slumdog Millionaire.'

Award buzz has been following the star-boosted film since it wowed the Sundance Film Festival, sweeping the jury and audience awards. Variety, in one of the first reviews, called the film "a diamond -- clear, bright, but oh so hard."