Toronto Film Festival

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Inclusion in the Toronto International Film Festival’s slate has long been a good indicator of a film’s Oscar viability. As I once ever-so-briefly explored in a post about the Best Picture chances of Silver Linings Playbook after picking up the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 festival, the current way of thinking that a People’s Choice win automatically equaled a Best Picture nod (or even a win) is more than a bit skewed. And yet, there’s something to be said for the cache value of bowing at the festival (and while last year’s Best Picture winner, Argo, didn’t win the People’s Choice Award, it did premiere at Toronto) and the correlation between a Toronto film and an Oscar-nominated film (read: it’s a strong one). Which is why yesterday’s announcement of the festival’s first round of programming picks is equal parts “here’s some Toronto films!” and “look, probable Oscar nominees!” Yes, it’s only July and we’re already thinking about the Oscars. That’s just what TIFF announcements do to us. But amongst the seventy films unveiled as part of this year’s Toronto slate, which are the ones most likely to ring some bells and pick up some little gold men come Oscar time? We don’t know – but we can sure as hell guess at it (thanks, prognostication!). 

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In Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, director Lee Daniels pulls off an improbable feat.

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