One week after "12 Years A Slave" debuted at the Telluride Film Festival to rave reviews, Steve McQueen's film won even greater acclaim after its official premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday night.

"I am composed enough to say '12 Years A Slave' is the best, most emotionally powerful movie I have seen in a decade, at least," BuzzFeed senior film reporter Adam B. Vary wrote on Twitter in the first of two tweets about the film. "I would be afraid about overselling '12 Years a Slave,' but if you love cinema and storytelling and are human, you will understand." Vary elaborated on those thoughts in a piece for BuzzFeed called "'12 Years A Slave' Is The Must-See Movie Of The Year, And Should Win All The Oscars."

He wasn't alone in effusive praise for the film: "Suspend the betting, close the books, and notify the engraver: I've just seen what will surely be this year's Best Picture winner, and it's '12 Years a Slave,'" Vulture movies editor Kyle Buchanan wrote in his "12 Years A Slave" piece, titled "Toronto: Your Best Picture Winner Will Be '12 Years A Slave.'" "I'd put my money on a historic Best Director win for Steve McQueen, and I'd mark Chiwetel Ejiofor as the frontrunner for Best Actor. Like, what's gonna beat this movie? Freakin' 'Monuments Men'?" (The George Clooney film, about a group of soldiers hunting down lost art stolen by the Nazis, is set for release in December.)

Ejiofor, McQueen, Michael Fassbender and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o were in attendance at the Toronto premiere, along with co-star and producer Brad Pitt. "If I never get to participate in a film again, this is it for me," co-star Brad Pitt said during a Q&A after the screening (via Variety). "It was a privilege."

Ahead, a selection of post-screening tweets from critics and journalists at the Toronto International Film Festival. Fox Searchlight will release "12 Years A Slave" on Oct. 18, following its U.S. debut at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 8.

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  • Julia Roberts

    Julia Roberts arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Harvey Weinstein arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. The movie mogul talks to Associated Press in an exclusive interview about the "12-12-12" (Sandy benefit at MSG) documentary he premiered at TIFF, and how they amassed the biggest names in music. He also spoke about his TIFF premiere of "August: Osage County," and how proud he is of "The Butler." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Harvey Weinstein arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. The movie mogul talks to Associated Press in an exclusive interview about the "12-12-12" (Sandy benefit at MSG) documentary he premiered at TIFF, and how they amassed the biggest names in music. He also spoke about his TIFF premiere of "August: Osage County," and how proud he is of "The Butler." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Julia Roberts

    Julia Roberts arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Juliette Lewis

    Juliette Lewis arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Juliette Lewis

    Juliette Lewis arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney

    Julia Roberts, left, and Dermot Mulroney arrive at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Julia Roberts

    Julia Roberts arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Chris Cooper

    Chris Cooper arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Julia Roberts

    Julia Roberts arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney

    Julia Roberts, left, and Dermot Mulroney arrive at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney

    Julia Roberts, left, and Dermot Mulroney arrive at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Dermot Mulroney

    Dermot Mulroney arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Abigail Breslin

    Abigail Breslin arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Dermot Mulroney

    Dermot Mulroney signs autographs for fans at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Dermot Mulroney

    Dermot Mulroney arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Abigail Breslin

    Abigail Breslin arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Juliette Lewis

    Juliette Lewis arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Julia Roberts

    Julia Roberts arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Julianne Nicholson

    Julianne Nicholson arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Julia Roberts

    Julia Roberts arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Julia Roberts

    Julia Roberts arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Ewan McGregor

    Ewan McGregor arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Ewan McGregor

    Ewan McGregor arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Dermot Mulroney

    Dermot Mulroney arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • Julia Roberts

    Actress Julia Roberts poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Chris Cooper

    Actor Chris Cooper poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Chris Cooper

    Actor Chris Cooper poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Juliette Lewis

    Actress Juliette Lewis poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie " August, Osage County " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • John Wells

    Director John Wells poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Juliette Lewis

    Actress Juliette Lewis poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie " August, Osage County " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Abigail Breslin

    Actress Abigail Breslin poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Abigail Breslin

    Actress Abigail Breslin poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Abigail Breslin

    Actress Abigail Breslin poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Abigail Breslin

    Actress Abigail Breslin poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Abigail Breslin

    Actress Abigail Breslin poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Dermot Mulroney

    Actor Dermot Mulroney poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Dermot Mulroney

    Actor Dermot Mulroney waves as he signs autographs for fans on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Abigail Breslin

    Actress Abigail Breslin poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Julia Roberts

    Actress Julia Roberts poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Julia Roberts

    Actress Julia Roberts poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Julia Roberts

    Actress Julia Roberts poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Scarlett Johansson

    Actress Scarlett Johansson wears a ring as she poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie " Under The Skin " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Scarlett Johansson

    Actress Scarlett Johansson poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie "Under The Skin" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Jonathan Glazer, Scarlett Johansson

    Actress Scarlett Johansson poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie "Under The Skin" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Scarlett Johansson

    Actress Scarlett Johansson poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie " Under The Skin " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Scarlett Johansson

    Actress Scarlett Johansson poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie " Under The Skin " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Jonathan Glazer, Scarlett Johansson

    Actress Scarlett Johansson, right, and director Jonathan Glazer pose for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie "Under The Skin" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Paul Haggis; Liam Neeson; Mila Kunis; Adrien Brody; Olivia Wilde; Moran Atias; Maria Bello, Loan Chabanol

    Actors Adrien Brody, left, and Liam Neeson, centre, pose for a photograph with director Paul Haggis, right, on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie "Third Person" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, September 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadain Press, Michelle Siu)

  • Paul Haggis; Liam Neeson

    Writer and director Paul Haggis, right, and actor Liam Neeson, left, pose for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie "Third Person" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, September 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu)

  • Liam Neeson Adrien Brody

    Actors Adrien Brody, left, and Liam Neeson, right, pose for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie "Third Person" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, September 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu)