The mega-hit Dabangg, casting macho Salman Khan, swept the floor despite the evident absence of the Khan family at the event.
Best film: Dabangg
Best Performance [Negative role]: Sonu Sood
Best Screenplay Award: Abhinav Kashyap and Dilip Shukla
Floriana IIFA Award For Best Playback Female Singer [Munni Badnaam Hui]: Mamta Sharma
Best Playback Song [Tere Mast Mast Do Nain]: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Best Music Direction: Sajid-Wajid and Lalit Pandit
Best Debut-Female [Dabangg]: Sonakshi Sinha
Best Choreography Award [Munni Badnaam Hui]: Farah Khan
Best Action [Dabangg]: S Vijayan
Best Sound Re-Recording [Dabangg]: Leslie Fernandas
Best Actor-Male [My Name is Khan]: Shah Rukh Khan
Best Director [My Name is Khan]: Karan Johar
Best Lyrics [Sajda and Noor-e-Khuda]: Niranjan Iyengar
Best Story [My Name is Khan]: Shivani Bhatija
Best Background Score [My Name is Khan]: Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy
And then, to the dismay of Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor and all the other usual prospects, the Best Actress award was presented to the talented Anushka Sharma, for playing the bubbly Shruti Kakkar in end of year release, Band Baja Baaraat.
Best Actor-Female [Band Baja Baaraat]: Anuskha Sharma
Best Debut-Male [Band Baja Baaraat]: Ranveer Singh
Best Costume Designing [Band Baja Baaraat]: Niharika Khan
Best Song Recording [Ainvayi Ainvayi]: Vijay Dayal
Best Editing [Band Baja Baaraat]: Namrata Rao
Hottest Pair 2011: Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh
The film Robot managed to grab some awards too, although not enough to be declared acclaimed.
Best Make-up [for Rajnikanth]: Banu
Best Art Direction [Robot]: Sabu Cyril
Best Special Effects [Robot]: Indian Artists
Telly queen Ekta Kapoor's first Bollywood film, Love, Sex Aur Dhokha which was received with widespread surprise and consequent praise, too won itself a trophy.
Best Sound Recording [Love, Sex Aur Dhokha] : Pritam Das
Moving on from Ekta to her protege, Prachi Desai after stealing hearts on small screen, has enamored one and all with her performance in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai.
Best Performance in a Supporting Role-Female [Once Upon a time in Mumbai]: Prachi Desai
Best Performance in a Supporting Role-Male [Rajneeti]: Arjun Rampal
Hrithik Roshan's Guzaarish did not go empty handed either.
Best Cinematography [Guzaarish]: Sudeep Chattarjee
And finally, Ritesh Deshmukh walked away with Best Actor in a Comic Role [Housefull].
Apart from those regular awards, here's a list of the specials.
50 Years Award: Dharmendra Deol
Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema [40 years]: Sharmila Tagore
Green Globe Award [fighting against global warming]: Priyanka Chopra
Achievement in International Cinema: Irffan Khan
Lifetime Achievement Award: Asha Bhosle
Several stars also took the stage to give the audience powerful performances and make the night a memorable one. Kangana Ranaut donned her perky Tanu Weds Manu avatar for a dance; Sunny, Bobby and Dharemendra Deol shook a leg in honor of the senior star's Golden Jubilee Award; Bipasha set the stage ablaze with her take on the item songs of the year; Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha participated in what was dubbed as the 'Debuts of the Year Dance Challenge'; Priyanka Chopra gave a fitting tribute to the living legend Asha Bhonsle by dancing to her hits from then and now; and Shah Rukh Khan - ever the fan favorite - took part in an interactive medley with the audience rather than dancing for them because of his fractured knee.
The promo of Love Break Ups Zindagi was showcased during the awards, and the weekend included several other international premieres.
Hope you enjoyed that quick trip through IIFA 2011 in Toronto - stay tuned as BollyCurry continues to keep you posted on all the headlines that emerged from the weekend's festivities!