The Oscar Players at Toronto – Who’s Got the Keys to the Steamroller?

12YearsaSlave_Fassbender_ChiwetelAfter the Toronto Film Festival released their lineup yesterday, heads were spinning with the amount of possible Oscar contenders that will be playing at the festival in September.  In past years, they got their hands on films that kicked off a steamroller all the way to the Oscar ceremony.  Films like American Beauty (1999) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008) come to mind.  All they needed were the right critics talking them up and have the right publicists and campaign heads wait and pounce at the opportune time.

This year, I believe we could get the same type of reaction given the slate they’ve acquired.  Obviously some films like Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, and David O. Russell’s American Hustle won’t be playing there and have the full capability to go the distance if the quality is intact.  Last year, Russell’s Best Picture nominee Silver Linings Playbook (2012) emerged from TIFF with a full legion of followers and catapulted eventual Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence to the Oscar stage.  We may get the Best Picture winner or we could get the performance of the year (allegedly) being pulled from a special screening.  I for one cannot wait.

Go through the gallery to see the top five most anticipated viewings.  I believe any of these can produce an awards magnet that will catapult a film or performance to frontrunner status.