Oscar hopes on screen at Festival – The Hollywood Reporter


Oscar nominees have been a fixture at the Toronto International Film Festival for over 40 years. chariots of fire (nineteen eighty one), american beauty (1999) and green book (2018) all had their world premieres at TIFF and won Best Picture, as did many other films that passed through the festival at the start of their runs. Indeed, of the last 10 winners of the best photos, only two, those of 2014 birdman and 2021 CODAdid not screen at the most publicized festival north of the border, and of the eight that didthree, 2013 12 years of slavery, green book and 2020s nomadlandwere honored with the TIFF People’s Choice Award for the first time.

This year’s 47th edition of TIFF is packed with Oscar hopefuls. High-profile world premieres include Steven Spielbergis semi-autobiographical The Fabelmans (Universal), which marks the master’s first trip to the festival; two Netflix titles, Glass Onion, Rian Johnsonis the sequel to Knives outand The good nursewho matches Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne (Redmayne will also take part in an “In Conversation” interview at the festival); The female king (Sony), a collaboration of Gina Prince Bythewood and Viola Davis (which will also be “In Conversation”); and vehicles for Harry Styles (from Amazon my policeman), Jennifer Lawrence (A24/Apple Pavement) and Nicholas Cage (Saban Butcher’s crossing).

inspection (A24), which opened the festival on Thursday evening, could also be a candidate, especially for the main actor Jeremy Pope.

Several highly anticipated documentaries are also being unveiled in Toronto, including In his hands (Netflix), which will be supported on the ground by executive producers hillary clinton and Chelsea Clinton; and two black icon Apple portraits, Sasha JenkinsThe Black and the Blues of Louis Armstrong and Reginald Hudlinit is sydney. For the latter, producer Oprah Winfrey will be in town to help promote the film.

Titles that have debuted at other festivals and are coming to TIFF with Oscar buzz include English-language narrative films The Banshees of Inisherin (Projector), Empire of Light (Projector), Living (Sony Classics), Nanny (Amazon), The son (Sony Classics), winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes triangle of sadness (Neon), The whale (A24), women who talk (RSU) and wonderment (Netflix); non-English speaking projects In the west, nothing is new (Netflix), Broker (Neon), Bodice (IFC), Decision to leave (MUBI), HEY (Janus), Godland (Janus), holy spider (Utopia), A nice morning (Sony Classics) and NMR (IFC); and docs All the beauty and bloodshed (Neon), Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s fight for freedom (still looking for a US distributor), good night Oppy (Amazon), Lunar Reverie (Amazon) and The return of Tanya Tucker (Sony Classics).

It is no coincidence that the festival organizes Taylor Swift for a screening of his first live short film Too good: the movieas well as a conversation with the CEO of TIFF Cameron Bailey; this Jordan Pele will be projected Nope, who has previously cycled to theaters, to a local IMAX as part of the festival; this Damien Chazellethe next helmsman Babylon, will be “In Conversation” at the festival, with music videos in tow; or that the winners of TIFF’s ‘tribute gala’ on 9/11 will include Everything everywhere all at once star michelle yeo, Empire of Light screenwriter/director Sam Mendes, The whale star Brendan Fraser and the my policeman together — indeed, all are Oscar contenders and would love the former TIFF boost.


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